Buckwheat Salad

buckwheat salad recipe

Buckwheat.
The name alone sends gluten free folks like myself running far, far away from.
However, guess what?
It is gluten free.
Buckwheat is an ancient grain primarily found in Eastern Europe but is now found here in health food stores and most grocery stores. It is a great source of fibre and provides complete protein as well as amino acids.
I like to replace buckwheat instead of quinoa in salads for it is a larger quick-cooking grain and holds up well in dishes.
Earlier this year Safeway gave me a big bag of Compliments gluten free boxed products to giveaway to my readers. Included in the bag is a box of Compliments gluten free flour. Yep, the flour that I use in pretty all of my recipes now.


safeway gluten free pasta
safeway gluten free pasta
They also gave me a bag of goodies but I decided to give mine away too.
That is 2 prizes!
Are you excited?


This buckwheat salad is a twist on a traditional middle eastern salad but still includes many of the great flavours.
buckwheat salad recipe
I hope you give buckwheat a try. I like to cook up some buckwheat and keep it in my fridge for whenever I need a quick addition to a salad.

Buckwheat Salad

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill buckwheat
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 can artichokes, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup cucumbers, chopped
  • 8 – 10 tiny tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan add 2 cups of water plus 1 cup of buckwheat.
  • Heat on high until mixture boils then turn to low and cover for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse cooked buckwheat with cold water and drain.
  • Set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, zest and shallot.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients including the cooked buckwheat and toss well.
  • Salad is ready to serve or place in refrigerator for a few hours to chill.
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This salad is great stored in small jars as a grab and go salad.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Buckwheat Puff Squares

Gluten Free Chocolate Puff Squares
Gluten Free Chocolate Buckwheat Puff Squares


 

Do any of you remember puffwheat squares? I’m sure if I looked through childhood photos there would be pictures of my cousins and I eating them. I loved them as a kid and was craving a large chocolate square the other day. There is a problem though- Puffwheat!
Yep, wheat that is puffed. Can’t do it anymore! Do you have childhood treats that you can’t eat anymore? Have you tried to make them gluten free?
These buckwheat squares make a great treat for school lunches, however for myself as I no longer make school lunches it’s just a yummy treat! No excuse needed.
I found Sunrise Puffs an Organic Puffed Buckwheat at Amaranth Whole Foods here in Calgary.

I’ve also updated my recipe by using Bernard Callebaut cocoa. When I was a kid we used the canned cocoa for recipes but now that I’m a grown up, why not use really good chocolate?
If you’ve missed puffwheat squares I hope you give these buckwheat puffs a try and if you are new to buckwheat puffs just give the recipe a go. You wont regret it!

Gluten Free Chocolate Buckwheat Puff Squares

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp gf vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Bernard Callebaut cocoa
  • 8-10 cups Organic Puffed Buckwheat

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, melt the butter with the corn syrup, brown sugar and cocoa.
  • Increase temperature to medium, stirring a lot, until mixture starts to boil.
  • Let it boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  • Stir.
  • Add buckwheat puffs and stir to combine.
  • Put mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan, and lightly press down.
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Gluten Free Chocolate Buckwheat Puff Squares
Gluten Free Chocolate Buckwheat Puff Squares