Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday Recipe

I have no idea what Freekeh is - Googled it, appears to be wheat. Farro I have used but from what I read Freekeh is the new superfood.

Roasted Asparagus and Scallion Salad

In this hearty, many-textured salad, soft, roasted asparagus is tossed with chewy whole grains and crisp, sweet caramelized scallions. You can use freekeh or farro here for the grains. Both are whole-wheat kernels, but the freekeh has a slightly smoky note from being toasted, while the farro is nuttier-tasting. You can prepare the freekeh or farro ahead and let it marinate in the dressing for up to six hours, but it’s best to roast the asparagus and scallions within an hour of serving. Don’t use pecorino
Romano here, it’s too sharp. If you can’t find a young pecorino, use a young manchego or even a nice Cheddar, and serve this as a light main course or a salad course to a more substantial meal.

Kosher salt, as needed
¼ cup freekeh or farro
2 ½ tsp soy sauce
2 tsp lime juice
1 small garlic clove, grated on a Microplane or minced
Fine sea salt and black pepper, to taste
3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
1 bunch asparagus (1 pound), woody ends trimmed
1 bunch scallions (about 5 ounces), halved lengthwise and crosswise to form 2-inch-long ribbons
3 oz (3 cups) salad greens, such as baby arugula
Pecorino Rossellino or other young sheep’s milk cheese, as needed (optional

1. Bring a small pot of heavily salted water to a boil, stir in freekeh or farro, cover, and simmer until al dente, 20 to 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together 2 teaspoons soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, and pinch salt and pepper. Drizzle in 3 tablespoons oil, whisking constantly.

3. Drain freekeh and stir immediately into dressing while still warm.

4. Heat oven to 425°F. Spread asparagus and scallions over a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle liberally with oil, 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to combine, then arrange in a single layer. Roast until they start to char in spots, about 20 minutes. Let cool slightly: The asparagus are best while still a little warm but not hot enough to wilt the greens.

5. Toss salad greens in the bowl with freekeh and dressing until leaves are coated, and transfer to serving platter. Top with roasted asparagus and scallions, shave cheese over salad if you like, and serve.

Servings: 2 - 4

Source: The New York Times

Have a great weekend


  1. I love freekeh. Didn't know what is was until I joined Blue Apron. I also like farro. Sounds like a nice salad.

    1. At least you know what it is now, more than I do Denise.

  2. I had to look it up. I'm sure it's tasty, I'd like to try it. Just brace yourself: The freekah fad is coming...

    1. Me too JoJo, I think you are probably right.

  3. I've not used farro but I have used spelt berries.