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).
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
(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, rinsed½ cup raisins, soaked in orange juice (or warm water), then roughly chopped
1 1/4 lemon, juice only
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
sea salt flakes
freshly ground black pepper