We are having a cracking day in Edinburgh. Actually the past week has been about as perfect as autumn days get around here. Leaves are bursting into crimson, burnt umbre and magenta flames before falling under foot; the sun is beautifully low and soft in the sky, while the breeze is almost non-existent. And of course there is the frost. Not quite nipping at our noses, but necessitating digging out hidden away gloves and scarves. Being from Florida I still get a wee thrill when cool temperatures combine with clear, crisp air. Just now my Miss R (a keen sunset watcher) dragged my away from my computer to stand in awe at yet another heather-pink sunset, all molten and oozing across the horizon. You can take your summer with its ice cream cones and flirty skirts. I’ll happily slip on an over-sized woollen sweater and pad about in my dog-eared moccasins, thank you very much. All the better to indulge in some autumn comfort foods 😀 But first, I will share a last salad with you. Not a frilly pants lettucey one, but a hearty, chewy salad featuring cauliflower, kale, runner beans and even some creamy, almost coconutty cobnuts. All mixed with lots of sturdy herbs and one of my all-time favourite seasonings – dukkah.
Probably many of you are familiar with dukkah (or duqqa), but if not, it is definitely worth familiarising yourself with it. Dukkah basically is made up of toasted Middle Eastern spices pounded together with nuts, usually hazelnuts, and is capital D-licious.
Funnily enough, although Egyptian, I just clocked that it pronounces very like the Scottish colloquialism for ‘dunk’ – ‘dook‘. And that is what you do with dukkah: you ‘dook’ a piece of oil-dipped rough bread into this moreish concoction and go ‘ah’. Dukk -ah. Get it? Of course you do.
Although mainly used as a dry dip it is also fantastic in and on many other foods – in hummus, as a seasoning for any fried or grilled meat or fish (both as a coating and as a finishing touch), roasted vegetables, in salad dressings, baked into and on breads – flat or yeasted (try it in this fluffy naan recipe from An Edible Mosaic), in savoury pastries with cheese, on pizza (with lamb – amazing), and in bean-based dips (here’s a fabby one from Yotam Ottolenghi). But my favourite use is still as a dunker. Super fresh chewy bread dipped in my best extra virgin olive oil and then in a pile of dukkah is one of my favourite treats. It is such a favourite I actually already have a recipe from last year that I used on a sweet potato tart. But this one is a bit different.
Speaking of different, how would you like to do something different during the weekend of 19-21 October? Instead of washing the car or raking the leaves, how about going to the BBC Good Food Show Scotland? Courtesy of show sponsors Plenty, I have THREE PAIRS OF TICKETS to give away to my lovely UK readers. On-the-door prices are £18.50, so this is an excellent freebie. You can use the tickets on any of the three days.
All you have to do to have a chance of winning a pair is to leave a comment below, and/or tweet about this giveaway with a link to this blog. If you Facebook it, just let me know and I will have Miss R look out for it (I am a Facebook hold-out). Just so you know, it is at the SECC in Glasgow, and the prize is for tickets only, and there is no cash value. I will be picking the winners randomly this weekend. GOOD LUCK!
Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Pistachio Dukkah
For the kale, either keep it raw or slightly sauté the strips in the remaining oil until soft – about five minutes. As for the cobnuts, peel off the husk and then take something hard to crack the shell – I used a wooden garlic smasher. Just whack it lightly to crack the shell and it should be easy to get the nut out: it’s a soft, peelable shell. Or you could use hazels (of which cobnuts are closely related) or almonds.
34 thoughts on “Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Pistachio Dukkah + BBC Good Food Show Ticket Giveaway”
Am so excited to make this recipe, it looks amazing.!!!! Kellie where can I buy dukka if I have nt time to make it x heaps of love my friend xxxxxxxx
I was going to email you! Can you let your friends know about the giveaway? I’m not sure how many Scottish readers I have and would love to plenty of entries. Cheers Miss Emma. Re dukkah: M&S carry it (in their fancy foreign section) & Steenberg’s do one I think. But it is very easy to do yourself. Even a stripped down version with just nuts, oregano, cumin & pepper will taste great.
Thank you kellie ! Yes I will for sure forward to all my friends x it was so great to get to finally spend some quality time with you and andrew the other night. Remember my door is always open any time you, Andrew and miss R fancy coming and chilling with us cos that is all we do down here, any time at all xxxx
Thanks so much Emma. don’t be surprised if I take you up on your offer sometime soon 😀
What a delicious salad. It has it all. I love roasted cauliflower, really enhances it’s taste. Your dukkah would be the perfect topping and would be great to have some left over to use as a dip with lots of good olive oil 🙂
Thanks Laura. I like cauliflower all ways but roasting really makes it sweet & nutty.
Mmm, how delicious – I wish I had this in front of me right now! Cobnuts are new to me (I always learn something here!) and I thought they were some kind of Southern corn related thing from your homeland when I read it! I have since clicked the link so am fully informed now and feel I ought to have know about them considering them are native to uk!
You’ve made me so hungry I am off to fix lunch….
Cobnuts are at farmers’ markets and in Waitrose. Maybe other places too! They are really delicious and quite fun to eat as you basically have to unwrap them, so it feels kind of foragey. Plus, I don’t like hazelnuts and they are a good sub for picky people like me. Wonder if I could do my own nutella with them. Hmmm
WIsh I could be there to attend…sounds like fun! Don’t know that the cost of the flight over would offset those free tickets! LOL! Love the salad…we still have lettuce growing for another month here, so I’ll keep eating that for a while and enjoying the garden’s goodies.
I’m still eating lettuce too, but I am definitely moving in a ‘chewier’ direction, with kale and herb salads
I just learned of Dukkah a few years ago and have yet to make it. I need this – sounds amazing!
It is great to have in the cupboard as it enlivens all manner of things. I have been on a spice mix making frenzy of late, clocking up togarashi, this one, creole blend, taco blend (a lot less salty than bought kinds and I add mint), and my old standby, za’atar. Dukkah is one of my favourites though and so easy to knock up. Bought ones cost the earth so I feel quite smug with my old jam jar full of the stuff.
Kellie, that dish looks so delicious. You have really given me the incentive to roast cauliflower the next time I buy it. Beautiful pictures.
Thank you so much Jacqueline. Roasting really transform cauliflower, but it does still make the kitchen a bit pongy (but doesn’t taste pongy, I should add). Thanks re the photos but I am going to try and learn how to do post-processing because they could sure be a lot better!
Recipe looks fab, can’t wait to try it.
Thank you – it’s not bad!
My family are coeliacs, so I am always looking for new healthy gluten free recipes to try and this look fab.
Please have a look at some of the other recipes. I’ve got quite a lot of gluten-free recipes and ones with gluten free options. I’m not coeliac but my b-f’s son is so I always have them in mind when creating new recipes, and adapting other ones.
Yum..just the inspiration I was looking for so Saturday supper is now sorted .fantastic 🙂 I’ve not come across dukkah before and I really like all the ingredients … I will be returning here again !
That’s brill, Christine. I love to hear from anyone, but especially first-time viewers. Check my index for other salad ideas.
I wish I could go! I would love that! Alas, the united states holds me back 🙂 I have had Dukkah just once and loved it! Now that I have a recipe to follow I may make it myself. Yum.
Do make it! It keeps for ages, but probably won’t last very long to test that out 😀
lovely recipes! also i’d love to go to the good food show!
Thanks Mark. You are officially entered into the contest 😀
I have been enjoying absolutely everything about fall…it is by far my favorite season! Kale is something I can’t seem to get enough of lately (we really are on the same wavelength, lol!) and I know this beauty of a salad will make it onto my menu soon. The use of Dukkah is brilliant here!
Thanks Faith. Despite age and country differences we really have a lot in common. I would love to have your knowledge and first hand experience with middle eastern food. One day….
The dukkah does finish the salad beautifully. I will have to try it.
Dukkah is a fab asset to the store cupboard. Super on loads of things – vegan and not. And customise on the nuts. Hazelnuts are common but as I don’t like them (and they don’t like me – so we are even!) I use pistachios.
I love the flavors of kale and pistachios here. Gotta find me some dukkah 😉
I will take a helping of that JUST for the colours alone Kellie….what an amazing looking meal, and just my cup of tea, in a manner of speaking too! As for the seasons, I MISSED them when I lived in the Far East…..I love the changing seasons and all the new foods and ingredients to look forward too….I am a BIG autumn kinda gal though, it is my favourite time of the year! Karen
Oh my goodness, what a fabulous salad & the dukkah really does sound divine! Dreaming right now of a bit of your glorious Scottish fall weather, as the thermostat is supposed to hit 90 F tomorrow…not exactly woolen sweater & moccasin weather…Enjoy!
Right now I am in Florida where I am most definitely NOT wearing a sweater! Dukkah on a fall salad is good but it is useful on most savoury dishes, whatever the weather.
I saw this post just before getting on a 20 hour flight – and you ruined any possibility of me enjoying the vegetarian meals that I was destined (condemned?) to eat. 🙂
This looks lovely, and I am really intrigued by the dukkah. I have a feeling it will become a staple around here.
I love the idea that you are reading me – little ol’ me – just before a hellish flight. And I hope you managed to choke down your possibly very dry and bland vegetarian meal (I often say I am Hindu as they give you really cool meals – you should see the look I get when they deliver it). Please make the dukkah! It would be fab with all that tofu you are making in your snazzy tofu maker. Must get one soon. Still haven’t tried my dehydrator