I had such a great response to my Feta, Artichoke & Freekeh Salad (which can be found in my Free eBook which you can get from here by subscribing to my blog) that I decided to make another simple Freekeh salad. Freekeh is basically young green grain which gets parched, roasted and then the grain rubbed off. It has a nutty, chewy and a bit of smokey flavour, up to 4 times the amount of protein and fibre as brown rice, provides iron and zinc and is low in sodium and low on the Glycaemic Index. It is very versatile, you can add it to soups, make salads, or even stews.
This freekeh salad is light yet filling, perfect for summer or great BBQ side dish. I made it with a simple dressing. You don’t have to use all of the dressing, if you have any left over, just pop it in an airtight jar and place in the fridge, where it should keep well for 4-5 days. Cooking freekeh is very simple and similar to rice, which means cook until all of the water is absorbed. However, I would always recommend you follow the instructions on your package as each manufacturer might have different cooking times. Let’s get freaky with freekeh!
Here's the freekeh salad recipe
- 1 cup freekeh
- 2 cups vegetable stock (Kallo is the best)
- 1 red onion, cut into long strips
- Bunch of radishes, quartered
- 3 cups of lambs lettuce (spinach could be nice too)
- Sunflower or pumpkin seeds (optional)
- 4 tbsp olive or coconut oil + 1 tsp for frying
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp parsley (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place the freekeh into a pot and cover with vegetable stock.
- Cook on low heat for about 35 minutes or until the grains are soft.
- In the meantime fry the red onion in a bit of olive or coconut oil until soft.
- Next cut up the radishes and mix with the cooled freekeh, fried onions and lambs lettuce
- Season well with freshly ground pepper and salt.
- Whisk all dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad.
- Decorate with pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds and enjoy!
If you wondering where to buy Freekeh, I like Artisan Grains Greenwheat Freekeh, but have seen Freekeh in Waitrose and on Ocado