A Simbambili Salad Packed with Nutrition and Flavour

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At Thornybush Collection, we don't let the South African safari luxury die down just because we have guests who prefer a healthier meal plan. This roasted salad dish is a favourite among our guests as an accompaniment to almost any main course, but it also has a surprising twist – it's a vegan recipe that is so nutritious it can be enjoyed as a main itself.

Mango, Chickpea and Roasted Cauliflower Salad

If you ever thought vegan food was bland and boring, you'll change your mind after sampling this roasted cauliflower salad with mangos and chickpea. Try it out at home the next time you have guests who are on the vegan path.


  • 2 Tins of chickpeas
  • 1 Large onion
  • 2 Teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 Teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 Teaspoons castor sugar
  • 2 Cauliflowers
  • 2 Mangoes
  • Baby spinach leaves or rocket


3 Teaspoons Greek yoghurt
1 Teaspoon honey
1 Teaspoon fresh coriander, chopped
Fine salt and ground black pepper to taste


Break the cauliflower into florets, peel and dice the mangoes

Peel and slice the onions

Heat a little oil in a frying pan

Sauté the onions, cumin, curry powder, turmeric and castor sugar

Remove the onion mix and sauté the chickpeas over a low heat for about 5 minutes

Drizzle the cauliflower florets with a little oil, salt and pepper and roast until tender

Add the cauliflower, mango and chickpeas to the onion mix and toss together

Mix the dressing ingredients together, check the seasoning, and place in a serving bottle or jug

Just before serving, add the rocket or baby spinach leaves

Serves 8

Why it's Good for You

Chickpeas are the darling of the healthy-eating world. They are affordable, packed with nutrients, iron and B vitamins.

Like all legumes, chickpeas are a powerhouse of protein, with 15g of protein in 1 cupful. There's a healthy dose of fibre in there too, which helps you to feel satisfied for longer and helps to keep blood-sugar levels at an optimum.

To top it all, chickpeas are great as part of a weight-loss program and they taste good too.

Cauliflowers pack a powerful punch of antioxidants, and can increase the body's defence against cancer, especially when combined with turmeric. The indole-3-carbinol found in this vegetable is key in limiting inflammation too.

Vitamin K, protein, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese are all found in cauliflower along with high levels of vitamin C. The list goes on.

Just Another Reason to Visit Thornybush Collection

Don't let your diet get in the way of living life to its fullest. With enough notice, our amazing chefs can cater to your every dietary whim. Book your South African Safari today and put them to the test?


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Monday, 17 June 2019