Freekah, Kale and Peach Salad

By Alexandra Caspero on August 11, 2015

Freekah, Kale and Peach Salad! Topped with Crispy Tempeh bits, Goat Cheese &  a Maple-Dijon Dressing. 

Big, bold, make it a meal salad. That’s exactly what we’ve got here. A hearty, nutrient packed bowl that will make you remember just how much you enjoy a good salad.

Last weekend I attended a casual BBQ with friends; the kind that spontaneously appear after a few people mention that their hungry and suddenly you are surrounded by hot food and cold drinks. This salad was a spur of the moment throw together of what was currently in my pantry and fridge. Little this, little that, a nice reminder that when nature is involved, salads pretty much make themselves.

Kale, Peach and Pecan Salad! Topped with Freekah, Crispy Tempeh, Goat Cheese & Maple-Dijon Dressing. #vegetarian #healthy #salad #kale | www.delishknowledge.com

I was shockingly surprised how well the flavors melded together, almost like I intentionally planned on the pairing instead of everything just falling into the bowl. Sweet, savory, crunchy, creamy. All the elements of a good salad were present, then kicked up a notch with a maple-dijon vinaigrette.

Swoon. It’s no surprise then that you’re looking at what I’ve been consisting on ever since. My meals since Saturday have rotated between this kale salad, tomato sandwiches, and egg toast. Rinse and repeat. I guess if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Kale, Peach and Pecan Salad! Topped with Freekah, Crispy Tempeh, Goat Cheese & Maple-Dijon Dressing. #vegetarian #healthy #salad #kale | www.delishknowledge.comKale, Peach and Pecan Salad! Topped with Freekah, Crispy Tempeh, Goat Cheese & Maple-Dijon Dressing. #vegetarian #healthy #salad #kale | www.delishknowledge.comI cook tempeh like this every couple of weeks and keep the leftovers in the fridge. It’s the perfect balance between smoky and sweet and I toss the crumbles with hot pasta, roasted vegetables, and of course- salads.

It’s one of my favorite ways to eat tempeh and it almost reminds me of tiny, bacon-like bits. Just crumble the tempeh, saute with maple syrup, ginger, garlic and soy sauce and you’re good to go.

 Kale, Peach and Pecan Salad! Topped with Freekah, Crispy Tempeh, Goat Cheese & Maple-Dijon Dressing. #vegetarian #healthy #salad #kale | www.delishknowledge.com

The best part about this salad? The bite after bite reminder that salad doesn’t- and shouldn’t- be boring. Play with flavor, play with texture. As you start to build your cooking confidence, salads are a great place to start. They’re almost, almost foolproof. Taste, season as you go and you are sure to come up with a knock-your-socks-off meal.

Of course, the real beauty of salads is the good feeling you get while eating them. Who doesn’t feel like an inner goddess when their chomping down on kale? Or juicy, sun-ripe peaches?

If you don’t have freekah, don’t sweat it. While I love the toothy texture, quinoa, brown rice, millet, or any other grain will work just fine.

Whatever you end up putting in the salad, just make sure you make the dressing from scratch. It’s hands down the most impressive way to elevate any vegetable and even a simple oil and vinegar pairing is better that what you can find in the store. Just don’t forget a generous pinch of salt!

Toss and enjoy!

Kale, Peach and Pecan Salad! Topped with Freekah, Crispy Tempeh, Goat Cheese & Maple-Dijon Dressing. #vegetarian #healthy #salad #kale | www.delishknowledge.com

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Freekah, Kale and Peach Salad

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 salads (4 large salads, 6 side salads) 1x
  • Category: salad, healthy, lunch, dinner, kale
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 salads (4 large salads, 6 side salads) 1x
  • Category: salad, healthy, lunch, dinner, kale
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 salads (4 large salads, 6 side salads) 1x
  • Category: salad, healthy, lunch, dinner, kale
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cracked freekah
  • 1 package Tempeh
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh, grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 45 cups of shredded kale
  • 3 large peaches, sliced
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecan pieces
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • Maple Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • salt/pepper

Instructions

  1. Place cracked freekah and 1 cup water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 10-15 minutes until soft. Set aside to let cool slightly.
  3. Using a [url:1]box grater[/url], crumble the tempeh to bite size bits. If you don’t have a box grater, finely chop the tempeh instead.
  4. Heat a large, non-stick skillet (I used my trusty [url:2]cast-iron[/url]) over medium heat. Add the olive oil and add the tempeh crumbles, soy sauce, grated ginger, minced garlic and maple syrup. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring often until golden brown and crispy. Set aside to let cool slightly.
  5. Place the shredded kale in a large bowl.
  6. Whisk together the olive oil, maple syrup, mustard, and apple cider vinegar together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Drizzle 1/2 the dressing over the kale and massage dressing into the kale until slightly soft and well-coated.
  8. Add in the sliced peaches, toasted pecans, goat cheese, tempeh bits, and cooked freekah. Lightly toss with remaining dressing and serve.

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    1. Heather Mason
      September 22, 2015 AT 7:44 am

      YUmmy, this looks delicious! I’ve never had freekah before.

    2. Claudia Brick
      August 16, 2015 AT 7:58 pm

      Love this! Goats cheese is one of my fav salad ingredients, and adding peaches for that burst of juicy sweetness is such a good idea for summery salads.

      1. DK
        August 20, 2015 AT 7:44 pm

        Me too! Ironically, I don’t love it in everything but it’s my favorite in salads! Especially when paired with juicy fruit. Thanks for the comment.

    3. Julie | Small Green Kitchen
      August 13, 2015 AT 4:44 am

      This salad is gorgeous, Alex! I recently started using tempeh in recipes – I’ve made tacos and sloppy joes with it. It’s pretty darn good!

    4. Kelly
      August 12, 2015 AT 10:09 pm

      You’ve definitely creating a fabulous non-boring salad! I love the play of textures and flavors. Looks wonderful!

    5. Jessica DeGore RD
      August 12, 2015 AT 4:52 am

      Lots of my favs in this one- goat cheese, perfectly marinated tempeh, kale, and freekah