To the salad-uneducated, salad is boring, salad is a side dish and salad is a lunch time food… Wrong. When done right, there’s nothing better than diving into a big bowl of stuff covered in a delicious dressing and a liberal handful of herbs.
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- 1 cup freekeh soaked overnight
- 2 zucchinis peeled/cut into ribbons
- 200 g snow peas
- ½ cup green peas fresh or frozen and thawed
- ½ cup mixed sprouts
- 1 cup rocket leaves
- ½ bunch parsley
- ½ bunch mint
- ¼ cup almonds toasted
- 1 lemon
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
Rinse the soaked freekeh through a colander, then place into a medium saucepan with 1.5 cups water. Bring to boil, the simmer for 30 minutes. Freekeh will be soft, but will still have some chew to it.
To make the dressing, combine the zest and juice of the lemon together with the olive oil, minced garlic clove and salt and pepper and set aside.
Roughly chop the snow peas (I cut mine diagonally into strips), pull the mint leaves away from the stem, combine with the parsley (stems are okay here) and roughly chop the herbs too.
Combine snow peas, herbs, rocket leaves, sprouts and peas in a big bowl, ready to mix with the remaining ingredients once they’re cooked.
Cook the zucchini over a barbecue or griddle pan. Season the surface you’re using with a drizzle of olive oil, then spread out the zucchini ribbons and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook each side of the zucchini for about a minute and a half, then set aside.
When the freekeh is cooked, add to the bowl along with the zucchini, then pour over dressing and give everything a good mix.
Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
Top with chopped, roasted almonds and serve while warm.
Mix up this basic recipe and make the most of all the beautiful vegetables in season in spring with your favourite grains. Give asparagus, broad beans, silverbeet, artichokes, sweet corn and more a try with grains and seeds such as quinoa or even sprouted buckwheat!
Visit Kate Levins’ website, Nourishing Club, to find more wholefoods recipes with a holistic approach.