Roasted Golden Beetroot, Onion, Garlic and Freekeh Salad Recipe

Freekeh is made by roasting or smoking whole green or young durum wheat grain, then polishing it to remove the outer shell. It can then be left whole or cracked to varying degrees of coarseness. Combined with roasted beetroot, onion and garlic, raw rainbow cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs and baby spinach, this makes for a delicious, filling grain salad, perfect for lunch or as part of a picnic spread. You could substitute the beetroot for sweet potato or squash, the tomato for cucumber or other fresh vegetables. I include instructions on how to cook freekeh, but ultimately do follow the instructions on your packet, as the amount of water needed and the cooking time will vary depending on how coarse the freekeh is.

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Cuisine

Middle Eastern

Time

30 - 60 mins

Skill Level

Newbie

Serves

4

Courses etc.

Detox
Lunch Box
Main Courses
Side dishes
Starters

You will need

IngredientAdd
1 medium to large raw golden or red beetroot OR
2 small cooked beetroots

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4 small red or white onions

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1 medium garlic head or about 10 garlic cloves

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5 fresh or dried bay leaves

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a few sprigs each of fresh rosemary, thyme and oregano
2 Tbsp olive oil

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1/2 cup or about 100g freekeh

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about 200g heritage rainbow or red cherry tomatoes

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small handful each of fresh mint and fresh basil, roughly chopped
two handfuls baby spinach or other young salad leaves

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sea salt

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black pepper

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Method

  • Start by roasting the beetroot, onion and garlic with the thyme, rosemary, oregano and bay leaves. You can either roast then whole, to keep them nice and moist, but if you are short of time, you can peel them and cut them into quarters or eights. Arrange them in a roasting dish, add the herbs and drizzle the olive oil. Roast in a hot oven (180C) for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  • While the vegetables are roasting, cook the freekeh. Put the freekeh in a saucepan along with 1 cup water, bring to the boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked, peel the onions and the garlic, cut the onions and the beetroot into quarters, then eight, etc
  • Mix the roasted vegetables, cooked freekeh, halved cherry tomatoes, fresh mint and basil in a mixing bowl. Season to last with sea salt and black pepper. Add the baby spinach and toss gently before serving.

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