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Freekeh and Quinoa Salad with Pistachios, Tender Greens and Beets

April 21, 2015
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  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

Inspired by the flavors of classical Turkish cooking. You can use fresh mint if you like, but dried mint has a different, distinctive flavor, which we prefer in this dish. Feel free to substitute seasonal vegetables for the beets: cherry tomatoes in the summer, roasted cubes of butternut squash in the winter . . . . you get the idea. Enjoy! ;o) —AntoniaJames

What You'll Need
  • ½ cup red quinoa, rinsed
  • ½ cup cracked freekeh
  • 1 tiny pinch dried Greek oregano (or 1/4 teaspoon fresh, finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, coarsely chopped, or a tiny pinch of dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice (of half a smallish lemon)
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar, divided in half
  • 3 cups tiny greens – kale, spinach, chard (measured before chopping)
  • 1 cup arugula, measured before chopping
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup Italian parsley leaves and tender stems, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow beet, cooked, and diced (or any other seasonal vegetable: a handful of cherry tomatoes, a heaping cup of roasted butternut squash cubes, etc.)
  • ½ cup toasted pistachios or other nuts
  • Salt
  1. Bring to a boil and cook the quinoa and freekeh together with a good pinch of salt in 2 cups of water, covered, over medium low heat for 20 minutes.
  2. While it’s cooking, make the dressing. In a small bowl or pitcher (I use my 1-cup glass measure), whisk the tomato paste, sugar, lemon juice, a pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons of vinegar together until thoroughly blended. Whisk in the olive oil.
  3. Chop the parsley. Coarsely chop the greens (including the arugula).
  4. When the quinoa and freekeh have finished cooking, remove the lid, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of vinegar, stir well, and then stir in the chopped tiny greens. Put the cover back on for about 2 minutes. Remove the lid and tip the grains and greens into a large bowl.
  5. Drizzle over the dressing and grind on black pepper; toss well. Add the beet or other vegetables and the chopped parsley, and gently toss. Sprinkle on the pistachios and serve with a smile.
  6. Enjoy! ;o)

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Recipe by: AntoniaJames

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1 Review

MontreuilMom March 15, 2024

Making this now , looks great. But didn’t see instructions on when to add the cumin, mint, oregano, thyme. Just tossed in at end with pistachios. Looks yummmm. Thanks