Israeli Style Salad with Sorghum

8.17.17 / Comment

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Colorful & Delicious

Add a pop of color to your dinner menu with our Israeli Style Salad! Inspired by the fresh, zesty flavors of the Mediterranean, this classic dish is kid-friendly, and filled with wholesome ingredients that provide a boost of protein and fiber, including sorghum, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, basil, olive oil, and lemon juice. This dish pairs perfectly with whatever you’re putting on the grill or in the oven. What’s even better is that this recipe can be used as a meal prep for the week. Believe it or not, school is right around the corner and this dish is a great lunch to pack for the kids too. Whole grains and fresh veggies will keep you and your family healthy and happy!

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Super Sorghum

It’s important to make sure our diets are rich in whole grains, like sorghum. Diets rich in whole grains have been shown to have a reduced risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes and heart disease (1). Whole grains contain a lot of fiber, soluble and insoluble. This fiber will help you feel fuller, longer and control your blood sugar (2). Even more reasons to try a new whole grain, like sorghum! Make sure to follow the package directions when cooking sorghum. You can also batch-cook sorghum with a pressure cooker (1 cup whole grain sorghum + 2 cups water = 20 minute cooking time) or a slow cooker (1 cup whole grain sorghum + 3 cups water = 4 – 5½ hours cooking time on high). So go ahead and enjoy this refreshing salad with your friends and family–it’s one that you will want to make again and again.

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Splendid Side Dish

This Israeli Style Salad with Sorghum is a delicious side dish to many different meals. We listed some of our favorites that are on the blog below —

Simple Black Bean Burgers

Blended Portobello Hamburgers

Tandori Chicken Thighs

Salmon & Bok Choy Sheet Pan Dinner with Wasabi Skyr

Israeli Style Salad with Sorghum

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole grain cooked sorghum 1 cup uncooked sorghum, follow package instructions
  • 2 cups cucumbers diced
  • 2 cups tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup basil finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tbsp mint finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice to taste
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • dash of black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a bowl toss the sorghum, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, basil, and mint together. Set aside.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and garlic.

  3. Pour over the salad and stir.

Recipe Notes

Nutrient Analysis:
Calories: 325cal, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Carbohydrates: 31g, Sugar: 3.5g, Sodium: 110mg, Fiber: 5g, Protein: 5g

(1) What are the health benefits? Whole Grain Council. 

https://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/health-studies-health-benefits/what-are-health-benefits

(2) 18 Health Benefits of Whole Grains. Health. 

http://www.health.com/food/18-health-benefits-of-whole-grains#they-contain-resistant-starch

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