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
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.
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.
Chop the parsley. Coarsely chop the greens (including the arugula).
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.
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.
When I'm not working (negotiating transactions for internet companies), or outside enjoying the gorgeous surroundings here in the San Francisco Bay Area, I'm likely to be cooking, shopping for food, planning my next culinary experiment, or researching, voraciously, whatever interests me. In my kitchen, no matter what I am doing -- and I actually don't mind cleaning up -- I am deeply grateful for having the means to create, share with others and eat great food. Life is very good. ;o)