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A healthy, delicious salad full of sweet strawberries, crunchy pistachios, tangy goat cheese, and hearty freekeh.

Strawberry and Goat Cheese Freekeh Salad

We’re about to get our freekeh on.

I’m sorry. I don’t know what came over me.

Let’s try again: Have you tried freekeh yet? It’s super freekeh-y.

There’s no hope for me.

Ok, seriously now. Freekeh. Have you heard of it? Freekeh is basically a super fun name for roasted green wheat. It’s an ancient grain that is popular in Middle Eastern and North African cooking. It is actually the preparation process of  thrashing and rubbing the green wheat that gives it its name. It’s low on the glycemic index and is a great source of protein and fiber. Once cooked, it has a sort of chewy texture and nuttiness to it that makes it perfect for any number of applications where you might use brown rice, barley, farro, or other whole grains.

Freekeh salad

I discovered freekeh when I was sent a 12-pound box of whole grain goodies (yes, 12 pounds! I totally freekeh-ed out) (sorry) in conjunction with this year’s Whole Grain Sampling Day – which happens to be today! Whole Grain Sampling Day is an initiative designed to introduce consumers to the health benefits and great taste of whole grains. It’s really no surprise that the folks at the Whole Grains Council found me – I make it pretty clear around here that I love whole grains because, truly, I believe they taste better and the health benefits are through the roof. Whole grains are also super versatile – everything from oats and buckwheat to popcorn and freekeh are considered whole grains. There’s really something for everyone to enjoy on the whole grain spectrum, including our gluten-free friends.

Strawberry and goat cheese salad

I want y’all to have the chance to try some of these great whole grain finds, too, so I’m partnering with the Whole Grains Council to offer one lucky reader the chance to receive the same box of goodies that I got! That’s right, 12 pounds of whole grain awesomeness awaits you. Here are some of the great things you’ll get to try:

Jam Bar Baking Mix from Among Friends – Gluten Free Honey Oat Cereal from Bob’s Red Mill – Whole Grain Freekeh from Freekehlicious – Brown Rice Triscuits from Nabisco – Cinnamon Popcorn from Popsalot Gourmet Popcorn – Rice Puffs from Real McCoy’s Snax – Corn Flour from War Eagle Mill – and much more!

Truly, you don’t want to know how quickly Boyfriend and I inhaled the cinnamon popcorn and how rapidly I managed to devour both the granola and the rice puffs. That would be downright embarrassing…so let’s move on, shall we?

To enter to win, simply comment below telling me your favorite whole grain food or a whole grain food that you would like to try. That’s it! A winner will be randomly chosen and emailed on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm CST and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

And so now, a very important question: Are you a super freekeh? (Don’t worry, you can totally take this salad home to mother.)

This salad’s alright with me, yeah.

Whole grain salad with strawberries and goat cheese

Strawberry & Goat Cheese Freekeh Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Yield: Approximately 5 cups of salad
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked freekeh
  • 1 cup quartered strawberries
  • ⅓ cup shelled pistachios
  • 1½ to 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • ¼ cup unfiltered apple juice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook freekeh according to package directions. Set aside to cool to room temperature, or place in the fridge to cool overnight.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooled freekeh, strawberries, pistachios, and goat cheese.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown mustard and apple juice. Stream in the olive oil while whisking. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then add to the salad. Toss to combine. Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Notes
For a gluten-free salad, replace the freekeh with 3 cups (cooked) your favorite gluten-free alternative, such as brown rice or quinoa.

As a Whole Grain Ambassador, I received product to help promote Whole Grain Sampling Day and to facilitate this post and giveaway. All opinions are my own!

27 Comments

  1. These days I love the quinoa; you can do a lot of different things with that stuff!
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  2. First of all this salad is making me drool it looks so good!! I must make this which means I really need some freekeh!! I am currently obsessed with quinoa and since I do I have strawberries I may have to do a little substituting for lunch tomorrow : ) I have pistachios too – squeal…better go to bed so I can get to lunch sooner ; )

  3. My favorite product made with whole grains is cereal. Various brands advertise their cereals as whole grain, even the larger makers. I eat a bowl every morning.

  4. Wheat berries are my favorite whole grain, sounds like they are similar to freekeh. I will definitely be making this salad, I love the combination of the goat cheese, freekeh, pistachios, and strawberries! So many flavors and textures, a real party for my mouth!

  5. SO ready to get my freekeh on! I’ve been needing to put my bag of freekeh to use and I absolutely love this recipe! Love them strawberries and goat cheese!!

  6. Costco has freekah, and I think it’s freekah-n amazing! Great substitute for brown rice. Thanks for the recipe, I will have to try this as I love goat cheese!

  7. This looks super delicious Stephie! Yum. I love the combination of goats cheese and strawberries. The appley mustardy dressing sounds divine (I like adding ‘y’ to the end of things and pretending it’s a real word). Love you! x

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