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Dukkah Pumpkin, Beef & Rocket Salad With Tahini Dressing

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 3
  • Category: Main



For the beef steak

  • 2 small beef steaks (fillet, rib eye or sirloin)
  • Ground pepper
  • A couple of pinches of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (for frying, ghee is also ok)

For the pumpkin

  • 23 cups peeled pumpkin chunks or strips (Butternut or Kent)
  • 2 tablespoons dukkah spice blend
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • Pinch of red chilli flakes or chilli powder

For the rocket salad

  • 2 large handfuls of rocket leaves
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, chopped up roughly
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoons slivered or flaked almonds
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon,
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • Handful of fresh mint (optional)

For the tahini dressing

  • 1 teaspoon tahini paste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped, grated or crushed
  • A pinch of sea salt


  1. Take the beef out of the fridge, rub with a generous pinch of pepper and salt and set aside to come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200C / 395 F. Cut the pumpkin and add to a bowl with dukkah spice mix, olive oil, chilli and salt. Using your hands, toss everything until well incorporated and the rub is evenly stuck to the pumpkin pieces. Scatter the crusted pumpkin pieces on a medium, lightly greased baking tray and roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Toss the rocket salad with onion, dried cranberries, almonds, lemon juice and olive oil.
  4. Whisk tahini paste with olive oil, garlic and salt and set aside.
  5. Preheat a frying pan with coconut oil until sizzling hot. Fry the beef for 3-4 minutes each side, about 7 minutes total (for medium rare). Set aside on a cutting board for about 3-4 minutes, to rest. Slice thinly.
  6. Assemble all salad elements on a large cutting board or a platter: a pile of roasted pumpkin, a mountain of rocket salad, sliced steak and the tahini dressing in a bowl. Drizzle the steak with some of the tahini dressing. You can also serve this dish as pre-mixed salad bowls.

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