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
pumpkin or other winter squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
garlic clove, crushed
Sea salt and black pepper
canned or home-cooked chickpeas, drained
small red onion, finely chopped (soaked in cold water for 15 minutes if you want to soften the bite)
roughly chopped fresh cilantro
garlic clove, crushed to a paste with a pinch of salt
3 1/2 tablespoons
water, to taste
extra virgin olive oil
Heat the oven to 425°F.
Toss the squash with the garlic, allspice, olive oil, and some salt and pepper.
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.
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.
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.