Cam’s Vegan Quinoa Salad (DF, GF)

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Cameron is brilliant with a grain salad. He makes one almost every week for a quick plant based lunch. I’ve been craving quinoa and this salad is crazy good - so different than anything I’d make or think of. It’s gluten free, too. 

It’s good served warm or cold.  

Serves 4.  

Cam’s Quinoa Salad 

1 cup uncooked quinoa (red or white)  

juice of one lemon  

1 apple, cored, diced (try Fuji or Gala)

1 shallot, minced

1 tablespoon maple syrup  

3/4 cup pecans, raw and toasted or roasted 

1 14oz tin black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons olive oil  

1/2 teaspoon sesame seed oil

s + p, to taste  

In a medium sauce pan, bring quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil. Cover, reduce to low and cook about 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, toss apples and shallot in lemon juice and pinch of salt. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add maple syrup. Add cooked quinoa, pecans, black beans and parsley. Drizzle with olive oil, sesame oil and toss. Season with salt and pepper. 

Fall Farro Salad with Fennel + Pear

I'm not really into grain salads but this one has so many foods I do like.  Like fennel - I just don't use Fennel enough.  Eat this on it's own or serve it tossed with the kale.  

Hot chile sesame oil and tamari soy sauce, together, have become my new favorite condiment.  They make everything taste so perfect.  So, of course I drizzles both over this and it did not disappoint.  Give it a try!

Serves 4.

Fall Farro Salad with Fennel + Pear

2/3 cups uncooked farro

1/2 a fennel bulb, cored, thinly sliced

1 small red onion, halved, thinly sliced

1 pear, cored, chopped

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

1/2 cup feta cheese

olive oil

s + p  (easy on the S - there's a bit of salt from the cheese and seeds already)

lemon juice

1 bunch kale leaves, chopped (optional)

1 clove garlic, minced (optional)

Combine farro with about 4 cups water. Bring to a boil and cook until farro is tender but not falling apart, about 20 minutes. Drain.  

Toss farro with fennel, onion, pear, sunflower seeds, feta and a drizzle of olive oil.  Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. 

If using kale, steam kale in 1/4 cup water in a covered pan until tender, about 2 minutes.  Drain, return pan to stove, push kale to side of pan. On empty side, cook garlic in dash of oil, about 1 minute.  Stir together with kale.  Season with a squeeze of lemon and a small pinch salt. Toss with farro salad.

 

Cam's Freekeh Salad

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We've made big batches of this a couple weeks in a row and I'm obsessed.  If I'm not paying attention I can eat much more than I should.  It's one of those foods that I'm not sure if it's a side dish or main meal so maybe it's both.  

Freekeh is a roasted grain from green wheat, it is a natural, ancient grain high in fiber and iron.   

Serves 4.   

Freekeh Salad with Cilantro + Corn

1 cup freekeh

2 ears corn

1 red bell pepper, seeded, diced

1 poblano pepper, seeded, diced

2 shallots, diced

3 cloves garlic, diced

1 tin black beans, drained, rinsed

olive oil

s + p

several sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped

juice of 1 lime

1/4 teaspoon cumin

Cook freekeh in 2 cups water.  Boil, cover, simmer 50-60 minutes until water is gone and freekeh is cooked.   

Cut kernels from corn (discard cobs) and saute in a splash of olive oil with red bell pepper, poblano, shallots and garlic.  Cook 5 minutes, or until corn is cooked.  Add freekeh and black beans.  Toss with salt, pepper, cilantro, lime juice and cumin.