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Cabbage and Fonio Salad

15 minutes prep
5 minutes active cooking
20 minutes total

Makes 4 - 6 servings
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A relative newcomer to American tables, fonio has been grown in Africa for more than 5,000 years.

The light, fluffy grain with a nutty flavor cooks in a few minutes, unusual for a whole grain packed with complex carbohydrates, an array of vitamins, and protein. It adds substance to this cabbage salad with a zingy, cilantro-date dressing inspired by Samin Nosrat’s adaptation of a chutney from chef and anthropologist Niloufer Ichaporia King’s landmark cookbook, “My Bombay Kitchen.”

What you'll need


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1/2 head green cabbage, chopped finely

1 golden beet, grated

1 medium shallot, chopped

Juice and zest from 2 limes

1/2 bunch cilantro, leaves and stems, finely chopped

1 tablespoon grated ginger root

1 jalapeno pepper, halved and sliced (remove seeds and white membrane for less heat)

2 tablespoons of

date syrup*

*substitute honey

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1 cup, cooked* Fonio

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*cooked according to package directions

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2 tablespoons of Just Date Syrup

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Italian Fine Sea Salt

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Purple Stripe Garlic

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Chef's Knife


Cutting Board



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Mixing Bowls

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What you'll have to do

Step 1

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Taste and add salt if needed.

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