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Curtis Stone's pear salad with sunflower seed dukkah

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  • High in dietary fibre
  • Vegetarian
  • Seafood free
  • Shellfish free
  • Wheat free
  • Soy free
  • Peanut free
  • Nut free
  • Gluten free
  • Egg free

After a fresh-tasting salad for Easter lunch? This delicious pear salad is topped with homemade sunflower seed dukkah for added crunch.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time10 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, + Cooling time
Pear salad with sunflower seed dukkah


  • 1/4 cup (60ml) white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 120g pkt Coles Australian Baby Rocket
  • 2 small William Bartlett pears, finely shaved
  • 1 small fennel bulb, finely shaved
  • 1 small shallot, finely shaved
  • 50g manchego or parmesan (optional)

Sunflower seed dukkah

  • 1 tbs coriander seeds
  • 1 tbs white sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/4 cup (35g) sunflower seeds

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  1. Step 1

    To make the sunflower seed dukkah, heat a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add the coriander seeds, sesame seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds and cook, stirring, for 3 mins or until toasted. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool. Add the sunflower seeds to the pan. Cook for 3 mins or until toasted. Transfer to a separate plate. Set aside to cool.
  2. Step 2

    In a clean spice or coffee grinder, pulse coriander seed mixture about 4 times to break up the seeds (don’t blend to a paste). Transfer to a bowl. Stir in the sunflower seeds and 1/4 tsp sea salt flakes
  3. Step 3

    In a separate bowl, whisk the vinegar and maple syrup. Gradually whisk in the oil and season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss rocket, pear, fennel, shallot and 1 tbs of the sunflower seed dukkah with enough vinaigrette to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Step 4

    Arrange salad on a serving platter. Using a vegetable peeler, shave the manchego or parmesan, if using, over the salad. Sprinkle with 1 tbs remaining dukkah and serve immediately.

    Store it

    Keep the remaining dukkah in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Information

Per Serve

Energy: 1359kJ/325 Cals (16%)

Protein: 9g (18%)

Fat: 24g (34%)

Sat fat: 5g (21%)

Carb: 13g (4%)

Sugar: 12g (13%)

Fibre: 6g (20%)

Sodium: 249mg (12%)