Winter Freekeh Salad | Holiday Recipes

This is my third of four holiday recipes — topped off with next week’s, which is a full roast! Even if you’re not gearing up to celebrate any holidays this winter, all these recipes are great for dinner parties or used separately for lunches and dinners.

Previous dishes: Mint Pesto and Lamb Meatballs.

I unabashedly love salads. I feel weird if I go a few days without a big salad, and I try to incorporate them into my food as much as possible. This salad is less greens-based than my usual fare, but it’s delicious and a fantastic side dish for dinner parties.

Freekeh is now marketed as a “super grain”, but it’s actually an ingredient that has been popular in the Middle East (most notably in Syria and Palestine) for a very long time. In terms of nutrition (caveat: I am not a nutritionalist!), it’s low GI, has more protein and twice as much fibre as quinoa serving-for-serving, and is high in iron, calcium and zinc.

You will need: 

  • 2/3 cup freekeh
  • a handful of dried cranberries
  • half a cup chopped cabbage
  • half a pomegranate’s seeds
  • 30-50g of feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (or to taste)


I forgot to take a picture of the freekeh cooking, whoops. Simple enough: boil with water at a ratio of 1:2 (freekeh to water) or 1:3 for 30 minutes, or until the water has evapourated.


Add all your other ingredients to the mix! Also add: two to three tablespoons of soy sauce, then add salt to taste.


Serve it up! You guys might be starting to see a pattern in these holiday dishes: I go for maximum flavour and efficiency. We don’t often have a lot of time around the holidays, or when doing big dinner parties, so having dishes that are time-consuming just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.


That made our whole meal, along with the roasted vegetables, when I had my dinner party. However, I’m cooking a full Christmas dinner and spending the actual day with one of my closest friends, so I’ll show you guys the gorgeous roast I intend to make for us. Stay tuned!

As always, bilafiya (well wishes and wellbeing)

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