Mediterranean grain salad with honey cumin labne

  • 1 hr cooking
  • Serves 6
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Mediterranean grain salad with honey cumin labne
  • 3/4 cup (150g) brown rice
  • 1/2 cup (100g) french-style green lentils
  • 1/2 cup (100g) red or white quinoa
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • 1 small red onion (100g), chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoon pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
  • 2 tablespoon sunflower seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoon baby salted capers, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup (80g) currants
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, firmly packed
  • 1 cup fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 cup (280g) labne
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup (40g) flaked almonds, roasted


Mediterranean grain salad with honey cumin labne
  • 1
    Preheat oven 180°C (160°C fan forced).
  • 2
    Toast/roast all nuts and seeds together on an oven tray (place the cumin seeds on a small piece of foil to keep them separate), in oven for 8 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time.
  • 3
    Cook rice and lentils, separately, in large saucepans of boiling water for 25 minutes or until tender, drain, rinse well.
  • 4
    Place quinoa in a small saucepan with the water, bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  • 5
    Combine rice, lentils and quinoa in a large bowl. Add onion, seeds, pine nuts, capers, currants, herbs, juice and oil, stir until well combined.
  • 6
    Stir cumin seeds into labne in a small bowl.
  • 7
    Serve salad on plates or a large platter, top with spoonfuls of labne, drizzle with honey and scatter with almonds.


Labne is yoghurt that has been drained of whey. A short draining time, results in a thick, creamy yoghurt, while a longer one, will achieve the consistency of a soft yoghurt-cheese, that can be rolled into balls. You can make your own or buy it from supermarkets.

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