Curried Spelt Salad with Arugula & Cilantro

speltsaladYIELD: Makes 6 to 8 servings
INGREDIENTS

2 cups spelt, semi-pearled farro, or whole wheat berries, rinsed
1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder (such as Madras)
2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
6 small carrots, peeled, cut into 1/4″ dice
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup thinly sliced red onion (about 1/2 large onion)
1/2 lemon cut lengthwise, ends removed, finely chopped with peel (about 1/2 cup)
3 cups shredded cooked chicken (from 1 rotisserie chicken; optional)
2 cups baby or wild arugula
2 cups (packed) cilantro sprigs with tender stems plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
 

PREPARATION

Place spelt and 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a medium pot. Add water to cover by 1 1/2″. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until spelt is tender and water is mostly absorbed, about 1 hour (or 12-15 minutes if using semi-pearled farro). Drain; place in a large bowl.

Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add curry, mustard seeds, cardamom, and coriander; cook, stirring often, until spices are fragrant and mustard seeds begin to pop, 2-3 minutes. Stir in carrots and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until carrots are crisp-tender, 5-6 minutes.

Add vinegar and stir until evaporated, 1-2 minutes. Stir in onion and lemon. Remove pan from heat and stir until onion is wilted, 1-2 minutes. Add vegetable mixture to bowl with spelt. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let cool. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

Add chicken (if using), arugula, 2 cups cilantro, and olive oil to spelt mixture; toss to combine. Transfer salad to a large platter. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.

Courtesy of Epicurious