Freekeh Grain Salad with Concord Grapes and Cajun Crusted Pepitas

This is a well-balanced powerhouse of a salad, with full servings of fruit, vegetables, dark leafy greens and delicious freekeh grains!  You can experiment with any salad dressing you like, but I’m partial to the sesame ginger below…

Cajun Crusted Pepitas

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

In a small bowl, toss the pumpkin seeds with olive oil and soy sauce until evenly coated.  Stir in the spices and spread the seeds onto a baking sheet.  Bake at 300 degrees for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

  • 2-3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Fresh ground salt and pepper

Finely chop the garlic and add to a small bowl.  Whisk in the remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper.  Add more grated ginger as desired, to taste.  Set aside in the refrigerator.

Freekeh Grain Salad with Concord Grapes and Cajun Pepitas

  • 1/2 cup organic baby kale
  • 1/2 cup organic spring mix
  • 1/2 cup cooked freekeh
  • 1/4 cup chopped snap peas
  • 1/4 cup concord grapes (or more)
  • 1-2 tablespoons ginger vinaigrette
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun pumpkin seeds
  • Fresh ground salt and pepper

In a large bowl, toss the kale and spring greens with the ginger vinaigrette.  When plating, layer the salad starting with greens, cooked freekeh, snap peas, and black grapes.  Top with a handful of Cajun pepitas and season with fresh cracked pepper if desired.

Experiment with different fruits, such as blueberries and pomegranate seeds…or with different kinds of seeds and beans.  Crispy baked chickpeas are something I’m throwing in next time!

2 Comments

  1. Ancient grains pack a punch of nutrients, and what better place to add even more of that than a salad? Playing around with grains in salads always result in a hearty bowl of fun textures and flavors. Try the classics like amaranth, freekeh, and bulgur or lesser known grains like sorghum, kaniwa and einkorn- some gluten free and some not, there’s a place for whole grains in everyones salads.

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