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BROAD BEAN & PEA SALAD

November 7, 2017
This is the perfect salad to take to a barbecue or picnic. Starring freekah, a delicious & highly nutritious grain made from roasted green wheat. If you can’t get your hands on any, use barley, spelt or other grains instead. Enjoy!

PREPARATION TIME
25 minutes, plus overnight soaking

COOKING TIME
25 minutes

SERVES 4

Ingredients:
• 160 g (5½ oz/¾ cup) freekeh, soaked overnight
• 125 g (4½ oz) podded fresh peas
• 350 g (12 oz) podded fresh broad beans
• 60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) olive oil, plus extra for drizzling over the salad
• 1 large brown onion, thinly sliced
• 1½ tablespoons chopped dill, including the stems
• Juice of ½–1 lemon, to taste
• ⅓ cup picked dill and mint leaves, torn just before serving
• Ground sumac, for sprinkling (optional)

Yoghurt Sauce Ingredients:
• 200 g (7 oz/¾ cup) natural unsweetened yoghurt
• 2 garlic cloves, crushed
• Pinch of salt
• Pinch of chilli powder or cayenne pepper

Method:
1. Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil. Drain and rinse the freekeh, add it to the pan and cook for 6–8 minutes, or until the grains are just tender, but still retain their shape. Drain and set aside to cool.

2. Meanwhile, bring another saucepan of water to the boil. Blanch the peas for 1 minute, then remove with a slotted spoon. Refresh them under cold water, drain well and set aside.

3. Bring the water back to the boil and blanch the broad beans for about 2 minutes. Drain, then refresh under cold water. When cool enough to handle, peel off and discard the outer skin. Set the broad beans aside, keeping them separate to the peas.

4. Combine the yoghurt sauce ingredients in a bowl, mixing until smooth. Set aside.

5. Pour the olive oil into a frying pan large enough to hold the broad beans in one flat layer. Heat over medium–high heat. Add the onion, season with salt
and pepper, then let it soften over medium–low heat for 5–10 minutes, stirring now and then.

6. Turn the heat back up to high. Add the broad beans and stir-fry for 2–4 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. Add the chopped dill and turn off the heat.

7. In a mixing bowl, combine the fried broad beans and peas. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.

8. To serve, spread the cooked freekeh on a platter, arrange the broad beans and peas on top and drizzle with the yoghurt sauce.

9. Finish with the torn dill and mint, a sprinkling of sumac, if desired, and an extra drizzle of olive oil.

Images and recipes from Cornersmith Salads and Pickles by Alex Elliott-Howery and Sabine Spindler (Murdoch Books, RPR $39.99). Photography by Alan Benson.

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