After trying the “Monkey Salad” from one of my favourite places to eat in Melbourne, Tahina on High Street Northcote, I just had to come home and attempt to recreate it for myself. Personally, I don’t think mine turned out quite as good as what is on offer at Tahina, but it is extremely delicious and satisfying nonetheless (I think the dressing could be improved by purchasing a better quality tahini, but i’ll have to test that theory next time). This recipe is super healthy (full of plant-based protein), simple to make, and makes for a great leftover lunch to bring to school or university.


Ingredients (serves 4)


  • 1 400g tinned chickpeas, rinsed and baked with dukkah seasoning (Table of Plenty brand)
  • 1 200g tinned sweet corn, rinsed
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1 baked sweet potato, cut into small cubes
  • 1 medium head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • ½ large ripe avocado, sliced


  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbs juice of lemon
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbs fresh chopped dill or 2 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
  • Rinse chickpeas and corn, prepare other vegetables as directed above
  • In a rice cooker or pot cook quinoa as per the instructions given on it’s packaging
  • Cut sweet potato into small chunks and place onto a parchment lined baking tray, on another baking tray spread rinsed chickpeas evenly and coat with dukkah seasoning
  • Bake both the chickpeas and sweet potato for approximately 45 minutes, or until the chickpeas appear to be crispy and the sweet potato is tender
  • Using an oven-top or microwavable steamer, steam broccoli florets lightly
  • Once the quinoa, sweet potato, and chickpeas are cooked and cooled place them into a large bowl with sliced avocado, corn, and broccoli, mix well
  • To make the dressing combine all the ingredients into a bowl and stir until combined, drizzle on top or mix through the salad when serving


  1. Wow, this salad looks delicious! The combination of multi-colored quinoa, fresh vegetables, lemon, avocado, and amazing spices is amazing for sure! Curry powder is a great way to flavor everything as well!


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