Freekeh and Chickpea Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup freekeh
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lightly toasted cumin seeds
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 6 TBSP olive oil

Directions:

  1. Place the freekeh in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of water and the salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 22 minutes or until the water is absorbed.
  2. Remove from the heat and place a clean kitchen towel over the uncovered pot. Replace the lid and let sit 10 minutes. Then uncover and let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl combine the parsley, celery, onions and chickpeas.
  4. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the juice, cumin seeds, garlic and oil. Secure lid, then shake to emulsify.
  5. Stir the freekeh into the vegetable mixture, then add the dressing and toss. Let rest 15 minutes, then toss again and serve.

Yield: 4-6 servings