Recipe: Cypriot grain salad

Last updated 05:00 26/03/2013
Grain salad

FREEKAH FRESH: Try this dish with Middle Eastern green wheat grain Freekah, but if you can't find that, then cracked wheat or quinoa will do.

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A delicious nutty, grainy salad. Freekah is a nutritious grain made from roasted green wheat grains, but you can also use whole wheat, cracked wheat or quinoa.

1 bunch coriander, chopped
1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 cup freekah (or cracked wheat or quinoa)
1/2 cup Puy lentils
2 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp toasted slivered almonds
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
2 tbsp baby capers
1/2 cup currants
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp extra virgin olive
Sea salt to taste
1 pomegranate, deseeded, to serve
For the dressing
1 cup thick Greek yoghurt
1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and ground
1 tbsp honey

1. Blanch freekah and lentils separately in boiling water until both just cooked.

2. Drain well and allow to cool.

3. Mix the yoghurt, ground cumin and honey until combined.

4. In a medium bowl, place the coriander, parsley, red onion, freekah, lentils, toasted nuts, capers, currants, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix well and season to taste.

5. Place into serving dish and top with cumin yoghurt and pomegranate seeds.

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