This recipe shows the power of charring veggies as a way to add interest to a salad. Perfect for spring as all the ingredients like the broccoli, radishes, spring onions and bright green parsley are coming into season. Sumac which is commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking is my go-to spice, it adds a little “lemony” tartness that’s very refreshing.

Serves 6

5Tbs                canola oil, divided

4 cups             broccoli florets

½tsp                lemon zest

1tsp                 Kosher salt, divided

¼tsp               ground pepper

1Tbs                butter

4                      small spring onions (scallions) with 6 inches of greens, cut into ½-inch-thick pieces

¼ cup             parsley stems, finely chopped

1½tsp             Dijon mustard

1Tbs                lemon juice

1Tbs                red wine vinegar

½tsp               ground sumac

3Tbs                EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

2 cups             cooked KAMUT® wheat berries

½ cup              crumbled feta cheese

½ cup              thinly sliced red radishes

Sumac can sometimes be hard to find, I’ve had the most luck with Spicely Organic Spices

Heat a large cast iron skillet over a high heat until very hot. Add two tablespoons of canola oil and broccoli. Cook, turning often with tongs, until softened and charred, 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and add the lemon zest,  ¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper, stir to coat.

Reduce heat to medium, add the butter and spring onions and ¼ teaspoon of salt to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally until softened and charred, about 5 minutes.

Place parsley stems, mustard, lemon juice, vinegar and sumac in a mini food processor and pulse until combined. Drizzle in the olive oil and remaining three tablespoons of canola oil in a slow stream until fully incorporated. Add the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt and pulse to combine.

Add KAMUT® wheat berries, feta and radishes to the veggies. Toss with the vinaigrette and serve.

Sue Taggart

As a child growing up in Kent “The Garden of England”, I thought that every family grew their own vegetables. I would help my grandfather in the garden and loved pulling potatoes and carrots out of the soil. These early experiences have given me a great appreciation for where our food comes from and a discerning palette for fresh, seasonal produce. As an avid reader, writing and storytelling is a passion that has only deepened over the years together with a growing concern for the health of our oceans and planet. We are facing serious issues with climate change and the clock is ticking…so it’s up to all of us to nurture and protect our home planet.