Wildcard Winners

Freekeh Salad with Fennel and Mint

September  2, 2013

Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Today: Move over, quinoa: this is a new kind of grain salad.

Freekeh Salad from Food52

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WHO: Drbabs is a optometrist, food lover, and avid home cook who grew up in New Orleans and now lives in Huntington, Long Island.

WHAT: Freekeh, an unsung grain, gets some time in the spotlight.

HOW: Boil up your freekeh, then toss with remaining ingredients. Eat it all week long, with gusto.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Drbabs knows you don't need to get freaky with freekeh: just keep it simple. With just some herbs, fennel, and acid, she transforms the grain into something we'll make over and over. Pack this up for a brown bag lunch, and make your colleagues jealous.

Freekeh Salad with Fennel and Mint by drbabs

Serves 4 to 6

For the Salad

1 cup freekeh, cooked according to package directions and drained well
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped mint
1 small bulb fennel, minced (about 1/2 cup of minced fennel) Chop up the fronds if you have them, and add them in, too.
2 scallions, white and light green parts only, minced
Zest of one orange
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped kalamata olives (optional)

For the Salad Dressing

1/3 cup fruity olive oil
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

Photo by James Ransom


Want to stock up on freekeh? We have it over in Provisions -- check it out.




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drbabs September 2, 2013
Thanks all! What a nice surprise this was! Hope you all had a good holiday.
inpatskitchen September 2, 2013
Congrats on the wildcard win! What a great salad!
aargersi September 2, 2013
Congrats Dr B, sounds great! I have never tried freekeh either - time to change that!!!
healthierkitchen September 2, 2013
Hurray drbabs! I tried some freekehlicious at the fancy food show and it is definitely better than what I have bought locally.
Kitchen B. September 2, 2013
Congrats drbabs. Now I need to find me some freekeh! I love the herbs and the orange flavour. Well done
drbabs September 2, 2013
Thank you, KB! What a nice surprise. I bought my freekeh at the Food52 store, and it's still available on Provisions.