Cypriot Grain Salad

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Serves 8


 bunch coriander (leaves and stems), 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

1 cup Greek yoghurt
1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and ground
1 tbsp honey


This Cypriot grain salad is mellow and earthy with pops of sweetness from the currants and zingy pomegranate seeds. It’s a very satisfying meal on its own, or serve it alongside grilled meats and veg. Celebrate the poms while they’re doing their gorgeous hot pink thing!

Cypriot Salad

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

Drain well and allow to cool.

Mix the yoghurt, ground cumin and honey until combined.

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.

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

Recipe by Hellenic Republic


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