Red Beet and Zucchini Pancakes with Avocado Tahini Sauce and Ruccola Salad

These colourful pancakes are always a success. They can go with various sauces (guacamole works really well for example, or this tahini cumin sauce) but this weekend, when I served them as a starter for friends, I merged these two ingredients – avocado and tahini together is a really tasty combination! This dish is filled with distinct flavours, which I like, but if too much for your taste, you can leave off the tarragon from the greens and serve with only the ruccola (fresh tarragon can also sometimes be challenging to find in normal supermarkets).

Red beet and zucchini pancakes with ruccola tarragon salad
 
Ingredients
  • THE PANCAKES:
  • 2 medium-sized red beets, peeled
  • 1 medium-sized zucchini
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. cumin powder
  • ½ tbsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ⅓ cup soy flour, or a little more for consistency
  • THE SALAD:
  • 2 cups ruccola salad, washed and finely chopped
  • 5 stems fresh tarragon, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • A little salt and fresh black pepper
  • THE SAUCE
  • 1 small clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 large, ripe avocado
  • ½ cup soy-milk
  • 1 tsp. agave
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • ½ tbsp. tahini
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Start with the pancakes. First, turn the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Finely shred the red beets and the zucchini and finely chop the garlic and the red onion. Place it all in a pan together with the olive oil, the cumin powder and the cumin seeds and fry for a few minutes, until some of the liquid is gone (the shredded red beets can be very moist).
  3. Remove the pan from the stove, add the soy flour and mash with a fork to thoroughly blend it in.
  4. Place a baking paper in a baking tray and press out thin CD sized pancakes of the red beet/zucchini mix. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes. The pancakes should be firm throughout, crisp and a little brown on top. I recommend carefully flipping them over after approximately 20 minutes, to get the crispiness on both sides.
  5. Prepare the salad and the sauce while the pancakes are in the oven. For the salad, place the chopped tarragon and ruccola in a bowl, drizzle over the olive oil and add a little fresh pepper and salt if desired. Toss and set aside.
  6. For the sauce, simply add all ingredients in a bowl and blend together using a hand mixer. Add salt to taste and perhaps a little more soy-milk to get to your desired consistency.
  7. When the pancakes are ready, immediately garnish with the greens and serve with the sauce on the side.

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