Freekeh, Tomato & Spinach Salad

What is this freekeh stuff people are talking about?
Well, freekeh is the green head of wheat- it is picked while it’s young, roasted, and then dried. It has a nutty flavor and be used to make risotto, salads, or pilafs. It’s incredibly healthy for you- it’s been honored as a “superfood.” This recipe below is inspired by a recipe on Freekehlicious (sourced below). You can find freekeh at our local cooperative or farmers’ market. Try it out sometime!
  • 1 cup whole freekeh, cooked (How the hell do I do this?)
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Dill, to taste
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped (try to omit juice if possible)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 ear of corn, cut from the cob
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped loosely
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained
  • Goat cheese, crumbled (optional)
  1. Cook freekeh in a rice cooker on on the stove (covered) for one hour until soft but still with a bit of bite.
  2. In a small bowl, mix lemon juice, vinegar, salt, pepper, and dill. Slowly pour the olive oil into bowl while whisking. Set aside.
  3. Prepare vegetables are directed. When freekeh is finished, combine tomatoes, red onion, corn, spinach, beans, and cheese (optional). Pour dressing evenly- taste and adjust flavors as needed.
  4. Serve as a side salad or enjoy on its own!

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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