Mediterranean Freekeh Salad

June 11, 2013

1 (8 oz) pkg. cracked freekeh (about 1 cup) (use Original or Rosemary Sage)
2 1/2 - 3 cups water or vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups pitted Kalamata olives,cut in half
1 1/2 cups (or more) fire-roasted tomatoes or sun dried tomatoes
2 - 4 garlic cloves crushed (or more)
fresh basil, chopped
pine nuts, lightly toasted in olive oil
2 - 3 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon
pearled fresh mozzerella balls

options: Add garbanzo or cannellini beans.

Add the following seasonings to taste:?
sea salt, olive oil, oregano, black pepper

Step 1 - Cook Freekeh according to package instructions.
Step 2 - While freekeh is cooking, cut olives, tomatoes and basil.
Step 3 - Toast pine nuts in a skillet over medium heat in 1 teaspoon olive oil until golden.Once done, let cool.
Step 4 - When freekeh is done, allow to cool.
Step 5 - Once freekeh is cool, in a large bowl, add all other ingredients. Add more seasoning to taste. Serve room temperature.

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