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Roasted Carrot, Courgette and Bulgur with Pistachio and Mint

This fragrant and substantial grain-based salad dish is inspired by classic Middle Eastern flavours and textures.

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This Middle Eastern inspired salad uses za’atar, a punchy mix of herbs and sesame seeds, as its flavouring. The sweetness of the dates and honey offsets the carrots and courgettes perfectly, with added richness from the pistachios at the end – you’d be hard pressed to notice that it’s a vegan dish.

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200g bulgur wheat
100g dates, halved
400ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
2 heaped tbsp za’atar
150g baby carrots, halved legnthways
100g baby courgettes, halved lengthways
100g pistachios, roughly chopped
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, zest and juice
1⁄2 tsp honey
To serve:
A big handful of fresh mint


Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/200°C/gas 6.

Tip the bulgur wheat, dates and stock into a medium roasting tin. Mix the olive oil, sea salt and za’atar with the halved baby carrots and courgettes on your chopping board, then scatter these evenly in one layer over the bulgur wheat. Transfer to the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the pistachios, extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, juice and honey together and set aside.

Once cooked, scatter the pistachios and mint leaves all over the vegetables, and serve hot or at room temperature.

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From the book: The Roasting Tin Around The World

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