Buckwheat & Citrus Salad

by Queen B Kitchen

 

We are always trying to find ways to get more buckwheat in our diet.  Why?  Because it is a nutritious and delicious grain consisting of high quality protein (it contains all eight essential amino acids) copper, magnesium, dietary fiber and phosphorus.

This salad has become our families go to grain salad.  Made with refreshing citrus, pumpkin seeds (inspired by our Orange Pumpkin Seed cookie)  tart green apple and a hint of mint we hope this will become a favourite of yours as well. 


You will need:

1 cup buckwheat groats

2 cup water

2 celery stalks diced

2 granny smith apples diced

4 sprigs of mint

3 medium carrots diced

3 scallions finely sliced white and greens

1/2 bunch of parsley chopped

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 lemon juice and zest

1 orange juice and zest

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

 

                              


Instructions

  1. Combine 1 cup buckwheat groats and 2 cups water in a pot. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.  The key is to make sure the buckwheat is al dente, mushy buckwheat is not good for these purposes
  2. Drain off any excess liquid. rinse with cold water and drain well.
  3. Cut, chop and dice up the needed ingreidents.
  4. Combine the celery, apple, mint, carrots, scallions, parsley, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, dried cranberries in a large bowl with the cooked buckwheat groats.
  5. Squeeze the juice of the lemon and orange through a sieve right on the salad.  Add the olive oil mix well and season with sea salt and fresh pepper.