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.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


This salad is great stored in small jars as a grab and go salad.

Gluten-Free Cookbook Review (And Another Free Giveaway!)

gluten free cookbook giveaway


Congrats to Kristin who won the giveaway!
As promised here is another cookbook review and with it, another giveaway.
Are you excited?
The cookbook I’m reviewing today has probably the best bread recipe I’ve ever tried.
The cookbook is Gluten Free Makeovers by Beth Hillson(You can also buy it if you don’t want to wait!)
Again and again, the bread turns out incredibly.
It rises over the bread loaf pan, does not fall, and tastes like a regular “gluten-filled” loaf of bread.
gluten free bread
gluten free bread
I’ve even divided the dough in two, and baked in my baguette pans, getting fantastic results.
gluten free bread
gluten free bread
Beth’s cookbook features 175 recipes from baking to savoury family favorites.
This cookbook is now regularly used in my kitchen and I would highly recommend it.
Beth lists various flour blends in her book and all blends are used for specific baking purposes.

  • Bread flour #1 (all breads)
  • Bread flour #2 (high protein with chickpea flour)
  • Self-Rising Flour (muffins, quickbreads, scones)
  • Cake and Pastry Flour(cakes and cupcakes)
  • Basic Blend (cookies)
gluten free muffins
gluten free bread

As well as making Delicious Slicing Bread, I’ve made the Fabulous Focaccia, Basic Muffin Formula, Cranberry Scones, Socca (chickpea flatbread), Baked Brie wrapped in “nearly puff pastry” and Sugar Cookies.
I have to admit that the basic muffin formula turned out better than I could have imagined. Again, rising and filling the large muffin liners as well as being light and fluffy.

The cookbook is filled with a wide variety of recipes and I found the instructions for the recipes very easy to follow.
Again, I am in awe of this talented author and her wealth of information and knowledge.
Gluten-Free Makeovers would be a great gift to give to a newly diagnosed friend or relative, or like me, someone who wants to have a “go-to” cookbook on my bookshelf.

Congrats to Kristin who won the giveaway!
Good luck!
Also, congratulations to Mary who won the previous contest for the Gluten Free and Vegan Bread cookbook