This healthy and satisfying dish may look like it has a lot of ingredients, but it’s very easy to make

Teff is a tiny grain that’s been around for thousands of years. Native to Ethiopia, it can be found in both light and dark varieties—and it’s gluten-free.

Ground sumac is used in the dressing—it’s a versatile spice with a tangy, lemony flavor. Ground sumac is widely available in Middle Eastern markets, but it’s also making its way in the spice aisle of grocery stores.

Recipe courtesy of Dalina's chef Simona Bonelli



  • 2 medium yams 
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 100 ml grapeseed oil
  • 1 cup teff grain
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 Bosc or Asian pear
  • ¼ cup feta or goat cheese
  • ½ cup dried cranberries 
  • 6 dates, chopped (optional) 
  • ½ cup seed mix (toasted pumpkin seeds, toasted white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds)
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 cup pomegranate
  • 3 handfuls of arugula
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp sumac 


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 F. 
  2. Peel the yams and cut them lengthwise into three-inch pieces. Place them in a bowl and toss them with the oil, maple syrup, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper.
  3. Put them on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes; turn them once to make sure they roast evenly and cook for another 10 minutes if still not ready.
  4. While the yams are roasting, heat one spoonful of olive oil in a saucepan, add 1 cup teff grain and coat for one minute.
  5. Add 1½ cups of water (plus a pinch of salt) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer with the lid on until all the water has been absorbed (about 8 minutes). Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, place lid back on and leave to sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Cut the pear in quarters, remove the core and cut in thin slices lengthwise.

Sumac tahini dressing

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sumac
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Prepare the dressing by whisking together all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. This works best with an immersion blender, a small food processor or a Vitamix.
  2. Taste test and adjust seasonings as needed. If the sauce is too thick, add a touch more water to thin.

To assemble

  1. Divide the arugula among four plates, place six to seven pieces of sweet potatoes and a few slices of pears on the arugula.
  2. Drizzle the sumac dressing on the vegetables and then sprinkle with the teff, feta cheese, cranberries, dates, pomegranate, seed mix and chopped chives.
  3. Enjoy!

Serves 4 people