Moro's Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini

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Author Notes: This is a salad that eats more like a gratin, without the cheese hangover. As Food52er Ameliorator put it, "It's vegan, but warm and filling and never leaves you thinking it would have been improved with bacon." Adapted slightly from Casa Moro by Sam and Sam Clark (Edbury Press, 2005).Genius Recipes

Serves 4

  • 2 pounds pumpkin or other winter squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 14 ounces canned or home-cooked chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped (soaked in cold water for 15 minutes if you want to soften the bite)
  • 4 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed to a paste with a pinch of salt
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 2 tablespoons water, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  1. Heat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Toss the squash with the garlic, allspice, olive oil, and some salt and pepper.
  3. Place on a tray, optionally lined with parchment, in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until soft. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
  4. While the squash is cooking, make the tahini sauce. Mix the crushed garlic with lemon juice and add the tahini. Now thin with the water and olive oil, and check for seasoning. You should taste a balance between the nutty tahini and lemon.
  5. To assemble the salad, place the squash, chickpeas, red onion, and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Pour on the tahini sauce and remaining oil and toss carefully. Season with salt and pepper.
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5 months ago Whitney

Do y'all delete comments?

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6 months ago Lauren Ruben

Love this. It's the perfect side dish - warm, rich, creamy, great mix of flavors and textures. It has been on repeat in my kitchen!

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6 months ago magpiekate

This recipe? Le BOMB. Seriously. I modified it a bit (because that's how I do things): when you boil the chickpeas that you have dutifully soaked overnight, put a tea ball filled with fenugreek in the water with them. Failing that, add a stock cube. So nice. Then, I roasted them in our lidded enamel/cast iron pot in the oven with some olive oil, garlic, cinnamon and cumin seeds.

Second, I wound up making this with brown rice and serving it as dinner to my hungry housemates. It was very, very well received. And don't forget to clean and roast the seeds from the squash, too! Very nice as a midnight snack.

This is a fabulous recipe! We've already bought another squash to have it again. ;)

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6 months ago Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's assistant editor.

I made this for dinner tonight and it was wonderful. I soaked the chickpeas overnight and simmered them with half an onion, 2 garlic cloves, and a dried pepper. Then, I tossed them with paprika and roasted them in the oven as the squash was baking so they were nice and crispy! I used a mix of basil and parsley instead of cilantro. It turned out to be a delicious meal!

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6 months ago mblossom

Made this tonight and it was fantastic! Really flavorful. Like another poster I added some broccoli to the squash during the last few minutes of roasting. That added a nice textural contrast. So good!

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7 months ago Swiss Meringue

I made this nearly exactly to recipe and it was delicious! I cut back on the olive oil and tahini in the dressing because I like my dressings lighter (juice of 2 lemons, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp tahini) and I probably doubled the cilantro.

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7 months ago Christine

I made this recipe tonight with butternut squash. So delicious I cannot wait until tomorrow to finish the leftovers! Really flavorful - I will definitely make again

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7 months ago Dina

Added broccoli to the last 10 minutes of roasting squash and devoured! So simple, and so, so good!

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7 months ago Ady-foodlover

Anyone knows how long does this recipe last in the refrigerator?

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7 months ago Korena Vine

I kept in in the fridge for 3-4 days to eat for lunch - it kept pretty well but the dressing thickened up in the frige.

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8 months ago ellenu

I agreed with the other comment that it needed a little crunch, so I added a handful of Marcona almonds, and I was out of cilantro, so I omitted that, but otherwise followed the recipe pretty closely. This is an excellent recipe--I love it. Highly recommend. I think this dressing would also be good on steamed broccoli.

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8 months ago brigidc

LOVE this dish. I went a little heavier on the lemon juice, and added some red chile to the squash when roasting. Toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds would also be awesome on top.

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8 months ago Korena Vine

I really liked this! I made it for dinner last night, with a few changes based on what was on hand: I roasted some yams along with the squash, and subbed in 2 tbsp of peanut butter in the sauce when I discovered I only had 1 tbsp of tahini. I'm a bit of a raw onion wuss so next time I will definitely soak it in water first. I found I needed to thin out the sauce more than suggested, but this recipe came out really well! I'm enjoying the leftovers for lunch as I type this :)

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8 months ago Laura Abbasi

We thought this had great potential. This recipe has so many favorite ingredients and a great blend of flavors, however we thought it came out a little bland and that the texture was a little too mushy. It really needs some crunch. If I were to make it again, I would increase the allspice and I love the suggestion of pumpkin seeds. When I made this, it was less of a salad and more of a stewish texture, maybe I didn't let the squash cool long enough? Perhaps I would even add a little brown sugar to add a little sweet kick.

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8 months ago Mia

This is a great fall/winter salad! I thought that 3 1/2 tbsp of tahini was a lot (and I like tahini) so I started with 1 tbsp. which was just right for me. Also added pumpkin seeds for extra texture! Yum.

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8 months ago mijo

Just finished yumming it up with this recipe. So good!

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8 months ago Monica

Amazing flavor, filling and healthy!

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8 months ago Barb

This is really good. I added a little extra lemon to the finished salad and a little cayenne to kick it up a bit. Great vegan dish.

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8 months ago rbnyc

I made this dish the other night. Really good. The tahini sauce was a bit thick so I thinned it down a bit to get the right consistency. As a result there was plenty remaining to dress a green salad last night. My wife asked if there was cheese on the squash salad as it tasted "cheesy" to her. I told her it was entirely vegan, no animal products! Great dish. We will make it again for sure.

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8 months ago Lisa Press

Just made this. It was amazing, but I did change one thing. In a separate roasting pan, I roasted the chickpeas, also tossed ion the olive oil allspice mixture.

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8 months ago Erin.Quinn

That sounds like a great idea...to roast the chickpeas!

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8 months ago Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

What is a "cheese hangover" (mentioned in the headnote) ?