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.
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149 thoughts on “Grilled Strawberry and Asparagus Freekeh Salad

    • Hi Laura-
      Crate and Barrel is one of my all time favorite stores, too! In fact, here in Dallas, we have a Crate and Barrel outlet–great place to find food photography props!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  1. What a clever spin on a summer salad. I would not have thought to add strawberries to a grain dish, but now I will. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Tina G.

    That recipe looks delicious!! I’m definitely going to add it to my recipe book and try it!! I love strawberries in everything!!

  3. Angela Saver

    I love Calfiornia Strawberries! This recipe looks wonderful & I can’t wait to make it for my family! They will devour it!

  4. Gina N

    Fresh strawberries are my favorite. I get so excited when they are in season because I know all the varied recipes that I will be making for my family to enjoy! Your Grilled Strawberry and Asparagus Freekeh Salad sounds delicious and I will be adding this to my shopping list so I can whip this deliciousness up for an upcoming lunch party I’m having. Thanks for the giveaway chance. #StrawberrySummer

  5. Robin Guyor

    Strawberries have to be my favorite summer fruit. I live in the country, and love to visit a local you-pick fruit farm to pick strawberries and make jam. One of my favorite summer activities! Thanks for the giveaway, too. I love Crate & Barrel! I’d have no problem shopping there! 🙂 Thanks for the chance! #StrawberrySummer

  6. BarbaraMae

    I love strawberry season! They are one of my favorite treats — for dessert with whipped cream or breakfast with cottage cheese.

  7. Brenda Haines

    I don’t know why, but all week I’ve been pinning instead of regraming. I hope I didn’t mess up my chances :/

  8. Christina Cikins

    I’ve never grilled strawberries before. This recipie sounds delicious. I’m looking forward to giving this a try.

  9. Karen A.

    I had my first ever salad with strawberries in it on July 4th when my sister-in-law made it. It was delicious so I plan to try a few “strawberry salads” this summer.

  10. Jena Wood

    This salad sounds heavenly!! I love grain salads and freekah is one I actually haven’t tried yet! Thanks for the recipe.

  11. D. Paul

    I’m so glad I found your blog! I love your recipes and will be trying them out starting today. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Maureen

    Between strawberries and the beautiful array of dishes that you could display your dinner and dessert what a great table you would have at a family gathering.

  13. I love strawberries, my favorite fruit! I have never heard of Freekeh before. Strawberry shortcake has to be one of my favorite summer desserts! You have a recipe for Strawberry pie that I want to try! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Jeri

    I have never thought of pairing strawberries and asparagus. Makes sense though. Things that are in season together often taste good together.

  15. Christy Peeples DuBois

    I love strawberrys and this recipe looks so good!! But all of your recipes look so good.
    Thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity also.

  16. Blythe J

    Such a pretty salad. I would love to know what Freekeh tastes like. I will have to find it. I also like the idea of strawberries in this salad.

  17. Yassi

    Love the idea for this salad ! Strawberries in salad makes salad more delicious!! Also thanks for the opportunity for this crate and barrel gift card! I love that store but everything is too expensive for me right now lol! 🙂

  18. Sherry

    I’ve never tried Freekeh but this sounds so amazing esp for the summer, will give it a try this weekend for family gathering and let you know how it was!!
    Also thanks for the amazing giveaway I have entered!! *wish me luck* lol 😀 !

  19. Sheila Ritter

    I never would have considered pairing these but it actually looks rather good. I believe I will try it out on my family this weekend and see how it goes over. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Rita M

    When it comes to strawberries – I am in a rut as far as recipes are concerned – I mainly use them for desserts… no longer! I have pinned the recipe and am determined to give it a try. Thank You.

  21. Dani H

    I love to try new foods and I’ve never had Frekkeh. I do love strawberries. My favorite recipe is for a strawberries and cream cake that I then use in place of shortcake with fresh macerated strawberries and homemade whipped cream.

    Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

  22. Sharon Braswell

    This recipe looks as good as it sounds. The thought of grilled asparagus and strawberries with both their unique flavors in this freekah salad has me salivating !!

  23. Jerry Marquardt

    I would love to try this special recipe today! I appreciate nutritious recipes such as this. I really can’t wait to see just how delicious this is.

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