Beetroot and herb tabbouleh

Festive beetroot and burghul tabbouleh.
Festive beetroot and burghul tabbouleh. Photo: Katrina Meynink

This festive salad is equal parts beautiful to look at and hard working; partnering well with a range of proteins from lamb to prawns. I like to roast beetroot with its skin on, once cooked it is quick and easy to peel and it adds to the veg's earthy flavour.


4 evenly sized beetroots (about 700g total), washed and trimmed

2 tbsp olive oil

150g burghul

2 tsp ground cumin

1 ½ tbsp olive oil

1 clove garlic, crushed

½ red onion, finely chopped

1 cup mint leaves, chopped

1 cup coriander leaves, chopped

1 cup kale leaves, deveined and torn (we used dinosaur kale)

Toasted almonds

100g flaked almonds

2 tbsp butter

1 tsp ground cumin

pinch salt

zest of 1 lemon


1. Preheat oven to 180C.

2. Place the beetroot on a large sheet of foil and give them a good splash of olive oil. Cover tightly and enclose the foil to create a parcel and roast for 90 minutes or until the beetroot is tender when pierced with a skewer.

3. Add the burghul to a bowl and cover with boiling water (or stock of your preference). Set aside for approximately 50 minutes or until the grains have softened. Strain off any residual liquid.

4. Place two of the beetroots, the 2 teaspoons of cumin, olive oil and garlic in a blender and blitz to a thick puree that resembles hummus consistency. Add the puree to a large bowl with the burghul and red onion and toss to coat – it will seem quite wet.

5. Chop the remaining two beetroots into bite-sized cubes – keep these relatively large to add texture to the salad.

6. Place a frypan over medium heat add the butter, remaining one teaspoon of cumin and salt. Once foaming, add the flaked almonds and cook for about 45 seconds or until the nuts are just golden.

7. Add the toasted nuts, beetroot chunks, mint, coriander and kale to the beetroot-burghul mixture. Season generously with salt and pepper, toss together then serve warm or cold.