This started out as a George Colambaris recipe (thanks, George!) but has morphed over time into this freezer-friendly version. 

The key is getting all the grains and pulses cooked just right so that they're tender but not over-cooked. We then mix them with diced preserved lemon, currants and a citrussy dressing and serve with toasted seeds and nuts in a separate tub.

 

Pearl barley, Puy lentils, pepitas, sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, preserved lemon, currants, salt, cumin, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil. 
CONTAINS:
Tree Nuts, Gluten.
MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF:
Peanuts, Dairy, Shellfish, Fish, Sesame, Soy, Egg, Lupin.
PLEASE NOTE:
While we make every effort to ensure dishes are free of cross-contamination, our kitchen is not allergen free.
 PER 100G (RAW)PER SMALL SALAD
ENERGY1177.7kj3059.1kj
PROTEIN9g23.4g
FAT TOTAL11.5g29.8g
- SATURATED1.5g4g
CARBS31.7g82.4g
- SUGARS7.5g19.5g
SODIUM411mg1067.5mg
  • Individual:Serves one adult.
  • Small:Serves two adults.
  • Large:Serves 4-5 adults.
  • Extra Large:Serves 6 adults.

Allow the salad to come to room temperature. To finish the salad, add finely sliced spring onions, plucked herbs (coriander, parsley or mint) and a handful of baby leaves like spinach or rocket.  Taste for seasoning and acidity - you may wish to add a sprinkle of salt and/or a squeeze of lemon. Toss with the seeds and nuts and serve, sprinkled with pomegranate seeds if you'd like.  

For a warm side dish, remove lid and nut container, replace lid loosely and microwave for 2 minutes, stir and heat for another 2 minutes before serving, sprinkled with seeds and nuts. 

Defrost information: defrost overnight in the fridge and use within 48 hours.

To finish the salad, add finely sliced spring onions, plucked herbs (coriander, parsley or mint) and a handful of baby leaves like spinach or rocket.  Taste for seasoning and acidity - you may wish to add a sprinkle of salt and/or a squeeze of lemon. Toss with the seeds and nuts and serve, sprinkled with pomegranate seeds if you'd like.  

This would make a great accompaniment to barbecued lamb or vegetables like eggplant, zucchini and mushrooms or a fine dinner on its own, maybe topped with fingers of grilled halloumi.