Things I have been cooking lately #130: Mediterranean freekeh salad

I made this salad in an attempt to try out some new grains. I loved the nutty flavour of the freekeh, which is apparently a type of green wheat but Mr O was not a fan at all and refused to finish his.I didn’t mind much though since I got to have it for my lunch a couple of days running and it was both tasty and filling.

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Mediterranean freekeh salad

250g cooked freekeh (I bought Merchant Gourmand from the grains aisle in my local Sainsbury’s)
1 red pepper, finely diced
1/2 cucumber, finely diced
30g thinly sliced sundried tomatoes
50g light feta, crumbled
1/4 red onion, finely sliced
1/2 bunch of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

For the dressing

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
A pinch of dried oregano
A pinch of garlic powder
A pinch of salt
A pinch of freshly ground black pepper

A little extra olive oil or olive oil cooking spray

Preheat your oven to 180 C. Lightly coat the red pepper pieces with either a little olive oil or olive oil spray and spread out on a baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes.

In a large bowl mix together the freekeh, cucumber, sundried tomatoes, feta, red onion and parsley. Add the cooked red pepper and mix in.

Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and then pour into the freekeh mixture and stir well.

Serves 3 – 430 calories per serving

5 Comments

  1. Freekeh. Never freakin’ heard of it before. Looks like pine nuts or tiny beans.

    1. abbiosbiston

      It’s kind of chewy. More like tiny little pieces of wheat.

  2. I’ve never heard of it either, but I’ll see if we have it at the store.

    1. abbiosbiston

      It was in the kind of health food section of my local supermarket. Might also show up in like a Wholefoods or Organic store.

      1. We have some specialty stores that may have it, and I think we’re getting a Whole Foods next year.

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