Zaytoun Palestinian Recipes: Roast Parsnip and Carrot Salad with Zaytoun Freekeh and a Yoghurt Dressing

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Zaytoun were thrilled when Jane Baxter, one of the UK’s favourite chefs, agreed to create a recipe to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Using the produce from Palestine, she created this easy-to-make seasonal salad with the smoky flavour of freekeh, warming spices and a shot of chilli to blast away winter blues.

Roast Parsnip and Carrot Salad with Zaytoun Freekeh and a Yoghurt Dressing

Jane set up the Riverford Field Kitchen in Devon and is the co-author of the Riverford Farm Cookbook and Recipes for Everyday and Sunday. Her latest book, co-written with Henry Dimbleby, is Leon: Fast Vegetarian. Jane also runs a touring restaurant, Baxter Moveable Feasts, and is a regular foodie contributor to many of the UK’s leading broadsheets.


  • 500g parsnips
  • 500g carrots
  • 30g butter melted
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g freekeh



  • Pomegranate seeds, extra mint and za’atar.


  1. Pre heat oven at 190°C. Peel the parsnips and carrots and cut into quarters lengthways. Toss in the melted butter and 1 tbsp olive oil. Season well and roast on a baking tray for about 40 minutes until tender.
  2. Meanwhile wash and cook the freekeh as per instruction on the packet. Drain well and toss in 1 tbsp olive oil. Season while still warm.
  3. To make the dressing place all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine, adding some salt and pepper to season.
  4. To assemble the salad gently fold the roasted veg with the freekeh and watercress . Arrange on a serving platter. Drizzle with the yoghurt dressing and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, chopped mint and za’atar.

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