Moving on to the next day in Protein Rich salads I have a Freekeh Salad .
I was introduced to this super grain by Priya , when she sent me a packet of this for our Recipe Exchange theme . I had guessed that it was some kind of wheat , but no further than that . At that point I was not aware of it’s name Freekeh . It is also called Farik .I had made a Mexican Salad with it and we loved it’s nutty smoky flavor.
Freekeh is wheat that’s harvested while young and green. It’s roasted over an open fire, then the straw and chaff are burned and rubbed off. The grain on the inside is too young and moist to burn, so what one is left with is a firm, slightly chewy grain with a distinct flavor that’s earthy, nutty, and slightly smoky.
This super grain has been a staple of Middle East but has gained its popularity very recently .We do not get Freekeh here , so I asked my cousin to get it from US . She got me the cracked Freekeh variety . It retains its nutritional benefits be it whole or cracked .Interestingly it has more protein and twice as much fiber as quinoa.
A Thai Salad sounded a wonderful option for a Protein Rich salad . I added bell peppers, purple cabbage , spring onion . the dressing too is Protein Rich . It is with peanut butter and honey . The garnish to a Thai salad is naturally coarsely ground peanuts . Check out this low fat , fibre and Protein Rich Thai Freekeh Salad , which was loved by the family .
Thai Freekeh Salad
2 cups cooked freekeh
1 /2 cup bell peppers , mixed colours , diced
1/4 cup purple cabbage, julline
1 spring onion, roughly chopped
1/4 cup moong bean sprouts , raw
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp olive oil
Salt to taste
Peanuts , coarsely ground
Mix all the salad ingredients in a bowl .
Microwave peanut butter and honey for a minute or till they both combine well .
Using a whisk , mix in rest of the ingredients.
Make sure they combine well .
Pour the dressing over the salad , mix well .
Garnish with carrots and coarsely ground peanuts .