Whole-Grain Salad with Charred Broccoli, Spring Onions & Parsley-Sumac Vinaigrette

Whole-Grain Salad with Charred Broccoli, Spring Onions & Parsley-Sumac Vinaigrette

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From: EatingWell Magazine, April 2019

For this easy healthy salad, chef Hugh Acheson shows the power of charring vegetables as a way to add interest to a salad. This flexible recipe can be made with a variety of whole grains, such as wheat berries, farro or pearl barley. The salad revels in the spring arrival of radishes, spring onions and bright green parsley. Sumac, which is commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking, adds a touch of tartness. Look for it in well-stocked spice sections at your market.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 small spring onions with 6 inches of greens, cut into ½-inch-thick pieces
  • ¼ cup parsley stems, finely chopped
  • 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ground sumac
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked wheat berries, farro or pearl barley
  • ½ cup crumbled sheep's-milk feta cheese
  • ⅓ cup sliced red radishes


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  1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until very hot. Add 2 tablespoons canola oil and broccoli. Cook, turning often with tongs, until softened and charred, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and add lemon zest, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper; stir to coat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add butter, spring onions and ¼ teaspoon salt to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and charred, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the broccoli.
  3. Place parsley stems, mustard, lemon juice, vinegar and sumac in a mini food processor and pulse until combined. Drizzle in olive oil and the remaining 3 tablespoons canola oil in a slow stream until fully incorporated. Add the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and pulse to combine.
  4. Add wheat berries (or farro or barley), feta and radishes to the vegetables. Toss with ¼ cup of the vinaigrette. Serve drizzled with the remaining vinaigrette, if desired.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate vinaigrette (Step 3) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 344 calories; 24 g fat(5 g sat); 6 g fiber; 27 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 50 mcg folate; 16 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,938 IU vitamin A; 51 mg vitamin C; 112 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 484 mg sodium; 343 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (85% daily value), Vitamin A (39% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 3½ fat, 1½ starch, 1 vegetable, ½ medium-fat protein

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