Within each bowl is a delightful play of flavours and textures with curly endive (sometimes labelled chicory) and the tahini-turmeric sauce delivering just the right amount of bitter punch. All the elements of this dish can be prepared ahead of time for a quick toss for lunch or dinner, but keep everything separated until just before serving.
For dressings and sauces (and hummus!), runny tahini is preferred over versions with a consistency similar to nut butter. Middle Eastern grocers are the best bet for locating this style of sesame paste.
You can swap out the lacy leaves of curly endive for a base of other greens with a bitter edge such as baby kale, radish greens, frisée, dandelion greens, escarole, or arugula.
In medium-sized saucepan, bring 2 1/4 cups (560 mL) water to a boil. Add quinoa and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt; return to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, until grains are tender and water has been absorbed, about 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let rest for 5 minutes, covered, and then fluff quinoa with fork.
Heat oven to 300 F (150 C). Line baking sheet with parchment. Place salmon skin-side down on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and season with 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper. Bake fish in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until just barely cooked through in the thickest part of flesh. Let fish rest for 5 minutes and then break apart flesh into 2 in (5 cm) chunks.
For sauce, whisk together tahini, lemon juice, 1 Tbsp (15 mL) olive oil, 3 Tbsp (45 mL) water, turmeric, 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt, and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper until smooth and runny. If needed, add another 1 Tbsp (15 mL) water.
Toss endive with 1 Tbsp (15 mL) olive oil, red wine vinegar, and a pinch of salt.
Divide endive among 4 serving bowls and top with quinoa, cucumber, tomatoes, oranges, and salmon. Drizzle with tahini sauce and scatter pumpkin seeds overtop.
Many flavours that complement pears—sage, ginger, maple syrup—also go well with butternut squash, so it makes sense to bring the two together. For this autumn salad, mixed greens are tossed with marinated squash ribbons that serve to dress the salad with spicy, gingery brightness. A juicy yet firm medium-sweet pear, such as red Anjou, works well here, and its vibrant red skin makes a pretty plate alongside butternut squash. The finishing touch is a sprinkling of crispy sage and maple syrup-toasted hazelnuts. Refrigerator tip Treat butternut squash ribbons as you would a dressing, keeping them in the refrigerator until ready to use. They will last a few days in the refrigerator, and you can have them on hand to dress small amounts of lettuce. If, rather than making one large salad, you want to serve individual amounts of this salad, just dress a few leaves with some ribbons; cut up pear and fry sage leaves as you serve.
Luscious figs loaded onto hearty flatbread make a satisfying breakfast or brunch. They’re sweet and delicious when paired with savoury cinnamon-flavoured crunchy pumpkin seeds and tart goat cheese. And, with a dough enriched with whole wheat flour, hempseeds, and nigella, these flatbreads are sure to be satisfying. They’re also chock full of fibre and protein, and with 6 mg of iron, you’ll be on your way to 31 percent of the recommended daily value. A freezer favourite By making dough in advance and freezing, you can make these individual flatbreads part of your routine for days when you don’t have much time. Simply portion dough individually right after mixing, allow it to rise in the fridge for 8 to 10 hours, and then freeze in individual containers. To thaw an individual ball of dough, 24 hours before you wish to use it, remove the container from the freezer and allow it to thaw in the refrigerator. At least an hour before baking, allow dough to come up to room temperature outside of the fridge.
Select the ripest figs you can find to add gorgeous sweetness to this hearty salad, which is just as useful for a family dinner as a workday lunch. Carrots and chickpeas are dressed in a savoury tahini yogurt dressing with Middle Eastern-inspired flavours. A little goes a long way with this fibre- and protein-packed salad, which keeps well in the fridge. Fall favourite Did you know that some varieties of figs have two seasons? They enjoy a brief, early season at the beginning of June and a second season from August to October. Fall figs tend to be sweeter and grow on the new wood of trees.
The apple in these turkey meatballs might not be immediately visible, but it’s working behind the scenes to help bind them together and adds sweet flavour and juiciness. Chinese five-spice powder—a blend of star anise, ground fennel seeds, Sichuan peppercorns, cloves, and cinnamon—lends lively flavour, alongside ginger and garlic. Packed full of protein, these meaty bites are a good source of vitamin D and iron and make for a tasty party appetizer. Meatball magic Handle with care A light touch is the key to a well-formed, juicy meatball. Using a tablespoon measure or cookie scoop, spoon heaping tablespoons into individual meatballs and toss them back and forth between your hands a few times, very gently, to round them off. Avoid squeezing or compressing the meat. Make ahead You can form meatballs 4 hours in advance and refrigerate before cooking. Lay meatballs in a single layer on parchment in glass dish; cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Remove meatballs from refrigerator about 30 minutes before you begin to cook to allow them to come to room temperature. This will ensure they cook evenly. Blot any excess moisture before adding to the hot pan. Turning with this trick When browning meatballs, use a cookie scoop to nudge and turn the meatball. If it loses its round shape, use the scoop to gently re-form.