The other evening I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner that had a great combination of whole grain complex carbs and lean protein because Dwight was racing the next morning. The only grains that were in the pantry were basmati rice and some pastas because I hadn’t restocked since our return from Germany. I ended up deciding on some turkey keftas and some sort of whole grain salad to go with them. When scouring the grain section of Whole Foods I saw Freekah. Well, I’ve never cooked freekah before and had no idea what it really tasted like, but it was a mediterranean type of whole grain, so I figured I’d give it a try.
Since I was going with the Turkey/Greece theme for dinner, I opted for mixing it with cucumbers (might as well make a yogurt and cucumber sauce then), cherry tomatoes, red onion, red bell pepper, feta and a mixture of red wine and olive oil. Since I had never tasted freekah before, I had to play with the seasonings because I did not like the flavor of it on it’s own. Really, it tasted like cardboard. Luckily though, it easily absorbed the seasonings I added to it and it didn’t let the red wine overpower everything. I’m thinking this is going to be a fun grain to play with in the future!
The turkey kefta’s turned out “OK”, so I’m not going to share that recipe yet. However, the rest of the meal was a success with the grilled veggies, yogurt and cucumber sauce and the freekah salad. If you don’t make the meat keftas it’s a perfect vegetarian meal because it’s packed full with complete protein and complex carbs 🙂
Mediterranean Summer Freekah Salad
- 1 cup of Freekah
- 2 1/2 cup of water
- 1 small red bell pepper
- 1/2 red onion
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup of chopped herbs. I used basil, oregano and mint
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- kosher salt to taste
- Bring the water and freekah to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. It will take 20-25 minutes to cook.
- While the freekah is cooking, chop the bell pepper, red onion and cucumber. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half.
- When the freekah has absorbed the water and is soft, uncover and let sit for 5 minutes uncovered. After 5 minutes, it should be cool enough to add in the vegetables, herbs, cheese, red wine vinegar and olive oil. Mix.
- Season with salt.
- Adjust seasonings to your taste. You can add in more feta or herbs, red wine vinegar or even vegetables if you like.
Sugar Conscious, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added
Calories 258, Fat 10g, Carbs 38g, Fiber 7g, Sugars 4g, Protein 9g