Grilled Strawberry and Asparagus Freekeh Salad

Grilled strawberries and asparagus

Move over, potato salad and coleslaw — it’s #StrawberrySummer! Make room at the picnic table for Grilled Strawberry and Asparagus Freekeh Salad this holiday weekend! This strawberry salad is filled with flavor and nutrients!

The grill is on, right? It’s time to throw asparagus on–a no-brainer–AND skewered strawberries (trust me) to make this simple side salad that will elevate your typical picnic fare.

I’m adding strawberries to ALL of my grain-based salads these days.   This salad requires a tiny bit of grilling for the strawberries-just to soften and release some of the juices as it adds to the flavor of the salad. This particular salad uses the ancient grain Freekah, which is actually a process which means “to rub”. It’s a high protein, high fiber whole grain that works well with many flavors.

The ingredients in this salad make for a well balanced, healthy, nutrient-rich recipe.  The real beauty is that different grains can be substituted as can different nuts and even veggies.  The one thing you DON’T want to change are the strawberries! Why?

Strawberries are a nutritional powerhouse:

  • Strawberries are naturally sweet but low in sugar (only 7 grams per cup), and provide a unique combination of essential nutrients, dietary fiber and health-promoting phytochemicals.
  • One serving of eight medium strawberries is only 45 calories. 
  • CA strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C: More vitamin C per serving than an orange and 140% of the daily value.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 6-8 stalks of asparagus
  • 3/4 cup cooked Freekeh (1/2 cup dry)
  • 1 tablespoon shaved/grated Parmesan or 6-8 shaved pieces
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts, toasted (optional) and chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil plus 1/2 for drizzle
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 skewers (soaked in cold water if wooden)

Directions:

  1. Turn on grill and set to medium heat.
  2. While the grill is preheating, cook Freekeh according to package directions.
  3. Clean, wash and dry asparagus stems. Place asparagus, olive oil, salt and pepper in a plastic bag. Shake gently to coat the asparagus. Place on grill and allow to cook for 15 minutes or until desired tenderness is achieved.
  4. While asparagus is cooking, clean and dry whole strawberries (leaving stems intact) and thread onto skewers. Place on grill for about 2-3 minutes or until the strawberries are just soft. Remove from skewers; remove the stems and cut into halves or fourths.
  5. When asparagus is cooked, remove from grill and allow to cool. Chop into 1-inch pieces.
  6. In a large bowl, gently toss  3/4 cup of the cooked Freekeh, strawberries, asparagus and walnuts.  Season with salt and pepper  and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Top with freshly grated or shaved Parmesan.

Strawberry and Cinnamon Bowl Breakfast Recipe

Break the breakfast blues with this easy, and delicious, Strawberry and Cinnamon Bowl recipe from Robin Plotkin of Robin’s Bite! PLUS, a $100 Target giveaway below.

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I’m fairly old school when it comes to recipes….I’ve got 4 key indicators of a good recipe:

  1. the final product has to taste good -yes, this is my #1
  2. the ingredients have to provide nutritional benefits to me and my family
  3. the ingredients must be simple to find and the directions easy to follow
  4. easy clean up

This recipe has all of that and more.

  1. All I can say is I wish my blog had taste-o-vision.  This recipe is a go-to for my son and me for breakfast and snacks. The added cinnamon gives the yogurt a depth of flavor that’s a surprise to many.
  2. The main ingredients are packed with health. The strawberries are naturally sweet, but low in sugar (only 7 grams per cup) and provide the perfect combo of essential nutrients, dietary fiber and health-promoting phytochemicals.  In fact, there’s only 45 calories in 8 strawberries-it’s safe to say I consumed about 8 while making this recipe. Yes, the honey adds sugar, but you can decide how much or how little you’d like to add, if any. 0404161144_HDR
  3.  I had all of the ingredients in my house!  If I didn’t, I could find them easily at the grocery store and could purchase them at a reasonable cost.

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4. One bowl. One spoon. Need I say more?

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Strawberry Cinnamon Bowl Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup Greek Yogurt

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided

1 1/2 teaspoons honey, divided

1/4 cup fresh California strawberries, chopped

Place yogurt in a serving bowl. Add in 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey and mix well.  Top with chopped strawberries and drizzle with remaining honey – and sprinkle remaining cinnamon.

Makes 1 serving

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They’re actually nutritional powerhouses that make eating healthy … easy!

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