Souvla’s Cypriot Grain Salad!!!

If you have been to Souvla, you’ll have tried their Cypriot Grain Salad. They have some fantastic salads here, but the Grain Salad is the best and a signature dish if you ask me. It’s a unique, healthy salad packed full of goodness. Even if you aren’t a believer in ‘health food’ per se, this salad will alter your perception that everything that’s good for you tastes bad (this was also my perception, up until not too long ago).

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This is a fabulous recipe for anyone doing the Wild Rose Herbal Detox, just omit the yoghurt, raisins, pomegranate, vinegar and honey. I’ve included a Wild Rose-friendly dressing recipe below.

Imagine my surprise and absolute glee when I found a video of Chef Michael van Warmelo demonstrating the recipe on their Facebook page! It easy to prepare, easy to assemble, and a real crowd pleaser at a BBQ or dinner party. It’s great served with grilled meats, chicken, tasty grilled fish, or even as a by itself.

Souvla’s Cypriot Grain Salad

You’ll need:
(Serves 2 as a large side dish)

1 cup bulgur wheat
½ cup green Puy-style lentils
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 cup natural Greek-style yoghurt
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp chopped almonds, skin on
2 tbsp pine nuts
large handful of coriander leaves, roughly chopped
large handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1/2 1/4 red onion, very finely chopped
2 tbsp salted baby capers, rinsed
½ cup raisins, soaked in orange juice (or warm water), then roughly chopped
1 1/4 lemon, juice only
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Pomegranate seeds
sea salt flakes
freshly ground black pepper

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Courgette, Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Before anything else, let me apologise for my radio silence over the last two months, I’ve been a little preoccupied to say the least! It’s all well and good to get all excited and decide to have three different wedding celebrations (with the biggest yet to come!), but in practice, to organise them is quite another thing all together! I have been meaning to write a short post to say that I’d be back soon, but obviously, that never happened. So, I hope that you pick up reading where you left off, and I promise I’ll be around more often … until about September, when I’m going to start feeling the organisational crunch again!

I just stepped off the plane this afternoon, having spent a truly magical two weeks in France! We started off in Paris and ended up on the French Riviera, with stops in Auvergne, Lozere, Luberon along the way. There were so many special memories, unforgettable moments, incredible meals, and too many photos to share straight away, but I’m hoping to get around to it all because it would be a crime to not share some of the magic – and perhaps plant a seed in your mind to encourage you to make the journey yourself.

For the moment, I just wanted to share a salad recipe that I thought up whilst in the supermarket. Being inspired by the variety of courgette dishes that I had in the south of France, and also with a need to take it easy on the fat/meat/butter/bread, (which I have been consuming in vast amounts!), I picked up some fresh ingredients to make a light and tasty salad, and attempted to trick my stomach into thinking that I was not yet back in Hong Kong. It makes a great light meal together with a green salad, or as a side salad for a summer BBQ.

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