Christmas side-dish stunner, spectacular braai salad, or wow vegetarian main – at this time of year you definitely need Yotam Ottolenghi’s Marinated Mushrooms with Walnut and Tahini Yoghurt in your food arsenal! #salad #Ottolenghi #tahini #walnuts


Serves 4


75ml olive oil
1tbsp white wine vinegar
1tbsp maple syrup
juice of 2 medium lemons
fine sea salt and black pepper
150g buna-shimeji mushrooms, large base removed
200g Button or Portabellini mushrooms, sliced
120ml Greek yoghurt
35g tahini paste
1 small clove garlic, crushed
250g podded broad beans (fresh, or frozen and defrosted)
75g walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
½tsp ground cumin
1tbsp chopped dill
1tbsp fresh chopped oregano


1 Whisk together the oil, vinegar, maple syrup, juice of one lemon, about half a teaspoon of salt and some black pepper. Put all the mushrooms in a large bowl, pour over the dressing, stir, making sure all the mushrooms are coated, and leave to marinate for an hour.
2 Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a small bowl, mix the yoghurt, tahini, garlic, the juice of the other lemon and half a teaspoon of salt. Use a fork or a whisk to whip into a light paste. You can refrigerate this sauce for up to a day.
3 Next, put the broad beans in a pot, pour over plenty of boiling water, leave for a minute, then drain and set aside to cool down. Once cool enough to handle, gently squeeze each bean so it pops out of its skin (if you don’t mind the skin, skip this stage). Add the beans, walnuts and cumin to the marinated mushrooms, stir, taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
4 Serve in small bowls or plates, topped with a dollop of thick tahini sauce and sprinkled with chopped dill and oregano.