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Einka & Lentil Salad with Beets and Fennel

15 minutes prep
25 minutes active cooking
40 minutes total

Makes 4 - 6 servings
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Brooke and Sam Lacy farm ancient grains under the shadow of the North Cascades in Washington State’s Methow Valley.

Their plow-to-package operation grows, cleans, mills, and packages both einkorn and emmer farro along with heritage rye and wheat. The operation has grown since they started back in 2005, when Brooke would drive down to Portland to bring us 50 lb bags of emmer farro.

Einkorn and emmer farro are both ancient wheats, but einkorn was the first to be cultivated. Hunter-gatherers gathered the wild wheat in the Fertile Crescent more than 30,000 years ago, and cultivated einkorn crops date back about 10,000 years. It’s the only wheat that’s never been hybridized, and it’s ancient genetics weaken the grain’s gluten structure so some gluten-sensitive eaters can eat it without any problems.

What you'll need


For the shopping list


medium golden beets, grated


fennel bulb, chopped


shallot, chopped

8-10 sprigs

fresh mint, chopped

From our shop

$7 - Winthrop - Washington

$9 - Gossen Island - Norway

Kosher Sea Salt

$10 - Philomath - Oregon

Oregon Blackberry Honey

$8 - Saint-Maurice - France

Whole Grain Mustard

$16 - Napa - California

Zinfandel Vinegar

$25 - Sicily - Italy

Madre Terra


From the kitchen


Large Sauce Pan


Small Mixing Bowl


Large Mixing Bowl


Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Combine 1 cup of the einka and lentil mix with 2 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon salt, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to simmer, and cook about 25 minutes. Let rest, covered, for about 10 minutes.

Step 2

In a large bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of mustard in 2 tablespoons of vinegar, then stir in 3 tablespoons of olive oil.

Step 3

Add the einka-lentil mix, the grated beets, fennel, shallot, and mint. Toss to combine, taste and add salt.

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Einka & French Lentils

Bluebird Grain FarmsWinthrop - Washington
Oregon Blackberry Honey

Oregon Blackberry Honey

Oso Honey FarmPhilomath - Oregon
Whole Grain Mustard
Sauces & Condiments

Whole Grain Mustard

BornibusSaint-Maurice - France
Zinfandel Vinegar

Zinfandel Vinegar

Katz FarmNapa - California
Madre Terra
Olive Oil

Madre Terra

Madre TerraSicily - Italy
Kosher Sea Salt
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Kosher Sea Salt

North Sea Salt WorksGossen Island - Norway

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