Chef's Recipes

The Summertown Aristologist's grain and kale salad with labne

A nutty, more-ish salad that can be eaten with a spoon.

By Oliver Edwards & Brianna Smith
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 35 mins cooking plus straining
  • Serves 6
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"This is a real crowd-pleaser, and could be made with any combination of grains, nuts and herbs," says Oliver Edwards of The Summertown Astrologist at Adelaide Hills. Begin a day ahead to strain the yoghurt.


  • 115 gm (½ cup) pearl barley
  • 90 gm (½ cup) cracked freekeh
  • 55 gm (¼ cup) black barley (see note)
  • 50 gm (¼ cup) roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup kale leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ cup (loosely packed) mixed herbs, such as mint and coriander, coarsely chopped
  • 12 gm (1 cup) puffed buckwheat (see note)
Orange dressing
  • 250 ml (1 cup) freshly squeezed orange juice, plus extra juice and pulp from ½ orange
  • 100 ml rice bran oil or other neutral oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 400 gm unsweetened plain or Greek-style yoghurt
  • 1½ sumac (or to taste)


  • 1
    For labne, place yoghurt in a colander lined with muslin set over a bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight to drain. Season with salt and sumac.
  • 2
    Combine grains in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil, stirring regularly to prevent sticking, then reduce heat to low and simmer until tender (25-30 minutes). Drain, rinse, then cool on a tray until needed.
  • 3
    For orange dressing, heat orange juice in a saucepan over medium-high heat and reduce until thickened and sticky (10-15 minutes). Strain into a bowl and cool (15 minutes). Slowly whisk in oil until emulsified, season with salt and add vinegar and extra orange juice and pulp.
  • 4
    Mix grains with almond, spring onion, kale and herbs, toss with orange dressing and season with salt to taste. Transfer to serving bowls then top with a spoonful of labne and puffed buckwheat.


Black barley and puffed buckwheat are available from health food stores.
Drink suggestion: A minerally chardonnay, such as Commune of Buttons "Clover". Drink suggestion by Aaron Fenwick.

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