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Leek Salad with Grilled Haloumi and Triticale Berries

The conversation started so many months ago.  I can’t even remember exactly when.  September maybe?  Maria and I met for coffee (ok, it was cocktails) after having connected through Twitter. We chatted about our various projects and backgrounds, but, really, we connected over our mutual love for food.  At the time of our meeting, I had yet to get my hands on her book Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, but the word around town was that the book was amazing.  When I told her I hadn’t checked it out, she generously offered to send two copies (one for me and one for a giveaway).  When the books came in the mail, I plopped down on the couch and began flipping through.  Every single recipe looked right up my alley.  Loads of healthy, vegetarian dishes.  But some of the ingredients, well, I was a little nervous I’d get my hands on them.

And then, magically, in my CSA box, we received a bag of locally harvested triticale berries (a hybrid of wheat and rye).  I had NO idea what I was supposed to do with them, so I sent Maria a message and asked her if there was a way to include them in one of her dishes.  She directed me to her leek salad (“This recipe combines both of the cultures I was raised in, Germany and Greece: rye is widely used in Northern Europe while all the flavors of the salad are Mediterranean, orange, fennel, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs, and haloumi.”) and I was sold.  I’d make it that week.

But then I didn’t… not that week nor the next week or month (well, four months) after.  Until I got around to it last week… finally. Better late than never, right?

I’ve adapted the recipe slightly, removing the capers and adding in some marinated artichokes and I decided a little chopped up orange peel would add some brightness (I’ve come to terms with my obsession with citrus zest), but, really, the credit goes to Maria for building such a satisfying vegetarian dish.

Oh, and I do have a copy of Ancient Grains to giveaway.  You won’t be disappointed.  It’s chock-full of information about grains… where they come from, how to cook them, and what to do with them.

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Official Rules: This is open to US/Canadian residents only.  No purchase necessary.   Giveaway will end on March 18th 2013 at 12:00 pm EST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.

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  • GailMarch 11, 2013 - 1:52 am

    This is *exactly* what I need right now! I’m working in more vegetables and unprocessed whole grains and seeds to our diets and I sure could use the recipes AND inspiration! Would love to win it.ReplyCancel

  • GailMarch 11, 2013 - 1:56 am

    Pinned to my personal Pinterest…ReplyCancel

  • GailMarch 11, 2013 - 1:56 am

    Pinned to my blog’s Pinterest… (can that count? I hope so!)ReplyCancel

  • GailMarch 11, 2013 - 1:58 am

    Posted to facebook… wonder if any of my friends will make it and bring me some, like I asked them to do ;)ReplyCancel

  • Gail ColvinMarch 11, 2013 - 5:54 am

    I’d eat this! Will someone bring some to me, right now?ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarMarch 11, 2013 - 6:56 am

    This salad is so gorgeous! Amazing photos Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny HartinMarch 11, 2013 - 8:31 am

    That looks incredibly delicious. I’ve been wanting this book for a long time.ReplyCancel

  • Jen L | Tartine and Apron StringsMarch 11, 2013 - 8:53 am

    I’d love to win this book!!! it would make a lovely addition to my cookbook collection!

    Yummy…I love this salad!!!ReplyCancel

  • kelly @ kellybakesMarch 11, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Absolutely gorgeous photos, Brian! And such lovely flavors in this salad!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ Savory SimpleMarch 11, 2013 - 9:17 am

    I’ve never heard of triticale berries! This book sounds wonderful, as does your recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Bev @ Bev CooksMarch 11, 2013 - 9:36 am

    I’m getting grained! GETTING GRAINED.

    (that’s code for, I want this book.)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie SMarch 11, 2013 - 9:42 am

    I would love to win this giveaway! This cookbook looks awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • KarylMarch 11, 2013 - 9:56 am

    Oh my, this looks fantastic! I was just browsing looking for an idea for dinner tonight. Know what I’m making… Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • KarenMarch 11, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy @ REMarch 11, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Looks fabulous, Brian. We’re getting into grains more and I love the varieties I’ve never even tried. Great photos as usual, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • MeiMarch 11, 2013 - 11:36 am

    Yum. Halloumi on the grill is one of my favorite things, and this is the perfect way to make it into a meal (a gorgeous one to boot!). Thanks for the beautiful images as always Brian:)ReplyCancel

  • StaceyMarch 11, 2013 - 11:38 am

    I do have haloumi cheese in the fridge, but have never heard of triticale berries! Looks like a fabulous book and I really should incorporate more grains!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherMarch 11, 2013 - 12:20 pm

    I’ve cooked and eaten a lot of interesting grains in my day, but never triticale. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it in the store, though be sure I’ll keep my eyes peeled now!ReplyCancel

  • Diane (createdbydiane)March 11, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    sounds delicious and of course your photos are wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveMarch 11, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    That is one GORGEOUS dish–looks like a fantastic book!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Kirikian HurleyMarch 11, 2013 - 1:26 pm

    OK, I’m not commenting JUST to enter the giveaway…but, I certainly won’t pass up a chance to own that book! I seriously am loving this recipe! You had me at haloumi. :)ReplyCancel

  • Georgia KubarychMarch 11, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    The last couple of months I have changed the way I eat. Eating more foods like, green drinks, grains, vegetables and fish. This would help teach me to make inspiring new recipes and to continue to eat a healthier diet.ReplyCancel

  • Georgia KubarychMarch 11, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    I’m competing with Gail for this cook book. I tweeted the giveaway ;).ReplyCancel

  • Natalie SenningerMarch 11, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    I would love to win this giveaway! This cookbook looks great!ReplyCancel

  • AllyMarch 11, 2013 - 1:59 pm

    That Haloumi looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)March 11, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    Your salad looks like a cover photo – gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • EileenMarch 11, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    I’ve never even heard of triticale berries before–that must have been a huge shock to randomly get them in your box! The combination of grilled halloumi, tender leeks, and chewy grain sounds just right. :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Lana GermanMarch 11, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    It’s sad that so many grains are overlooked. No surprise that a publishing company in Berkeley decided to bring more information to the table. This city was always famous for its unconventional approach to food and ingredients.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMarch 11, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    MMMnnnn…. I think that I would LOVES me some Haloumi, if I knew what Haloumi was.

    ¡Viva los granos ancianos!ReplyCancel

  • MarciaMarch 11, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    This salad looks gorgeous! Plus, it’s not the “same old, same old.”
    I live in NYC so I should be able to find those berries, right??
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kay FrishmanMarch 11, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    This sounds SO delicious and SO healthy.
    Wonderful photos too!ReplyCancel

  • Food WoolfMarch 11, 2013 - 5:54 pm

    Wow. What a gorgeous photo that makes me want to run out and get me some grains! Oh, and if I won the giveaway I’d be totally stoked.ReplyCancel

  • Holly BratkovichMarch 11, 2013 - 6:04 pm

    I made a farro salad last night and would love to have an ancient grain resource. Thanks for the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • vwcMarch 11, 2013 - 8:51 pm

    What a fantastic idea for a book! I am fascinated with grains and always looking for new and exciting recipies. :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy BeinfestMarch 11, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    Now that’s a cookbook I would put to good use!ReplyCancel

  • Suesan DaneshMarch 11, 2013 - 10:00 pm

    This looks fabulous. I was just talking about Haloumi to a work colleague. Will make this for him so that he can taste it! Am also a vegetarian and love cooking with grains. Would love this cookbook! Count me in the draw! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Emily K McDonaldMarch 11, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    Pinned! This looks lovely. Count me in for this give-away contest!ReplyCancel

  • karenMarch 12, 2013 - 1:21 am

    what a gorgeous salad! I would love to win this book, I love grains!

  • Deeba RajpalMarch 12, 2013 - 2:06 am

    I’ve been a a more whole grain trip of late Brian. This looks like a celebration of eevrything good about food. Gorgwous!ReplyCancel

  • CarolynMarch 12, 2013 - 6:49 am

    I can’t really eat grains any more, but I wouldn’t mind some of that grilled haloumi!ReplyCancel

  • Isabel VenegasMarch 12, 2013 - 6:51 am

    I would love to have this cookbook! I posted it on Pinterest and Facebook.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CooksisterMarch 12, 2013 - 8:16 am

    Wow – triticale – never heard of it and am now also intrigued! Have been meaning to come over and look at this salad ever since I saw the pic on Instagram and I was not disappointed ;) In love with all the diverse flavours of this dish – and I imagine I could substitute something like lentils of even farro if I cant find triticale berries? I am SUCH a sucker for halloumi…ReplyCancel

  • HeatherMarch 12, 2013 - 9:33 am

    Tweeted the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • michele bowmanMarch 12, 2013 - 11:04 am

    thanks for taking the time to read my post and leave a comment. It’s wonderful to know that there are others like me that need a creative outlet (that luckily) involves food. Just thought I’d pop over to thank you in person.
    I’ve been admiring your work for some time. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • MonetMarch 12, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    Oh yes, better late than never! And this salad looks gorgeous. Aren’t the best recipes the ones inspired by friends (and CSA boxes?) I certainly think so! I love both the colors and the textures of this salad. Thanks for sharing love.ReplyCancel

  • Vrie SchmidtMarch 12, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    I’ve been looking for more ways to use halloumi AND cook with different grains for my whole foods personal chef business. I think you’re in my head. Stay awhile, I can use this.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah HoutlerMarch 12, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    Ooo…thanks for the giveaway. This looks like a great way to shake things up in the kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah HoutlerMarch 12, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    I pinned this on Pinterest. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah HoutlerMarch 12, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    I also shared this on Facebook. Any tips as how to get a reluctant man (boy at heart) to branch out in the grains dept?ReplyCancel

  • SarahMarch 12, 2013 - 6:41 pm

    I don’t live in the US or Canada but I’ve actually been meaning to buy this book anyway because Amazon keeps suggesting it to me. Now I’ve seen this recipe it’s going on the To Buy list.ReplyCancel

  • Arthur in the Garden!March 12, 2013 - 7:43 pm

    My goal this year is to eat food closer to their natural form and to eat less. This involves only eating my stomach growls and not when I am bored or just because it’s time to eat. Along with eating food that less prepared of processed.ReplyCancel

  • StaceyMarch 13, 2013 - 9:31 am

    Shared your post on Facebook (of course I did, bug surprise there).ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceMarch 13, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    I’ve never tried haloumi, but man does this look good! Look at the caramelization on that cheese :)ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKMarch 13, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    What a beautiful salad, Brian! I’m famished right now (not the time to surf my favourite blog) but here I am. And now I need to make this!ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteMarch 13, 2013 - 6:06 pm

    Wow, how cook to get triticale berries in your CSA Box! I just picked up some haloumi last week from the Greek market – would love to try your recipe – it sounds fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • orly @yumivoreMarch 13, 2013 - 10:17 pm

    the berries sound interesting! such inspiring dishes from Maria’s book, this dish (and your version included) makes me crave grains and haloumi! beautiful post #lovegrainsReplyCancel

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    As an aspiring foodie, I’m just getting into the whole ancient grains thing and this cookbook (and recipe obvee) look so good!ReplyCancel

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    you make some pretty sexy foodReplyCancel

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    I love every thing about her book and your triticale berries are tantalizing in this beautiful salad!ReplyCancel

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    Looks like a great cookbook and a great way for my family to try to get more grains into our diet! Awesome photos! ReplyCancel

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    Looks great!!ReplyCancel

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