Greek Grünkern Salad with Chickpeas

This Greek-style Grünkern salad with chickpeas features bold Mediterranean flavors (lemon, herbs, sweet red peppers, cucumber and feta), tossed with warm, whole grains.

The key ingredient to this salad, of course, is one of my favorite grains of late — Grünkern. And of course my favorite legume — chickpeas. Since this is one of my go-to weeknight salads, I like to use organic canned chickpeas, cause it just makes life easier. But feel free to prepare dried ones, they taste amazing!

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Preparing dried chickpeas

When time allows, there are two methods I like to follow to cook chickpeas from scratch:

  • Method 1: Long soak and simmer, about 10 hours or overnight plus 2 hours cooking
  • Method 2: Quick soak and simmer, about 3 hours. This is great if you forgot to soak them overnight. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute, then cover and remove from the heat. Leave them to soak for 1 hour, then rinse and cook as you would if you had soaked them overnight.

Just remember, dried chickpeas will triple in size when cooked (if not a little bit more), so you will need less. Or feel free to make a batch and enjoy them all week. Cooked chickpeas will keep 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Greek Grünkern Salad with Chickpeas

Greek Grünkern Salad with Chickpeas

Greek Grünkern Salad with Chickpeas as the perfect side dish or main

This Greek Grünkern salad with chickpeas recipe works perfectly as a side dish or as a main meal salad, since it is also plenty filling. If you’ve never tried Grünkern before, this is a great way to get acquainted with this delicious grain. It has a mild, nutty flavor and a delicious chewy texture. It’s the perfect thing for upgrading salads so they can be enjoyed as a main meal. You can also swap out Grünkern for barley, spelt, freekeh, or even quinoa if you can’t find it at your local grocery or organic food store.

Greek Grünkern Salad with Chickpeas
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Greek Grünkern and Chickpea Salad

This fresh and healthy Grünkern salad is full of bold Greek flavors! You’ll have plenty of time to prepare the ingredients while the grain cooks. Feel free to serve with baby arugula for an even healthier main meal salad. Recipe yields 4 servings.
Course Salad
Category Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 466 kcal
Autor Elle

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 cup dried Grünkern (alternatively use Freekeh)
  • 1 x 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small red pepper or pointed pepper, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 sun-dried tomato halves (packed in oil), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon capers (in brine), drained and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley, about half a small bunch
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped dill
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted (25 g)
  • 50 g feta cheese, crumbled
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method

  1. Cook the grünkern according to package instructions; in double the amount of water for 30 minutes. Drain excess water if necessary and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large serving bowl, add the chickpeas, cucumber, red pepper, red onion, sun-dried tomato, capers, parsley and dill.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt, red pepper flakes and pepper until emulsified. If you prefer a sweeter dressing, feel free to add a little honey.
  4. Add the warm Grünkern to the serving bowl and drizzle with dressing. Toss to combine. Add the pumpkin seeds and feta, toss again, and season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

A drizzle of balsamico creme is also nice over this salad. Kalamata olives can be used in place of capers if preferred.

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