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A Sunday Salad

  • Author: Fanny Slater
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings as a side dish 1x


Thanks to a wholesome boost from einkorn berries, this go-to salad with floral basil and honey-lemon dressing is deliciously nutritious.


  • 1/2 cup einkorn berries
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of 1 lemon 
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce (about 6 ounces), roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, cut into ribbons
  • 1/4 cup pea shoots (or substitute sprouts or microgreens), roughly chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled into ribbons
  • 4 tablespoons roasted salted sunflower seeds, divided
  • 1 avocado, roughly cut into cubes, divided


  1. In a small saucepot over high heat, add 1 cup of water and the einkorn berries. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until all of the liquid is reduced and the einkorn is chewy, about 30-35 minutes.
  2. Bring the cooked berries to room temperature (or chill them in the fridge) and season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt before adding them to the salad.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, honey, remaining salt, and pepper. Slowly stream in the olive oil, whisking to combine until the dressing is emulsified.
  4. In a large bowl, add the lettuce, basil, pea shoots, carrot ribbons, 2 tablespoons of the sunflower seeds, half of the avocado cubes, and the cooked einkorn berries. Several tablespoons at a time, pour the lemon-honey dressing over the salad, tossing to combine, until it is dressed to your liking.
  5. Divide the salad among bowls or plates and garnish with even portions of the remaining sunflower seeds and avocado cubes.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: salad, einkorn berries, avocado, pea shoots