Around some circles, I have the reputation for throwing together a tasty salad. Oh, yes. I do make good salad. I even wrote a post about it awhile back.
|Raw almonds and organic avocado add good fats to the salad.|
Now, if you don’t like or don’t have certain ingredients on the list, by all means substitute with what you have. Frankly, this salad was not thought out too far in advance. I was dreaming about salad on my drive home from the gym and it came together once I got home and started rummaging through my cupboards.
Buckwheat groats, untoasted (left) and toasted (right)
Some of you may not be familiar with buckwheat groats, so please give me the pleasure of telling you what they are. You may have heard of kasha, which are buckwheat groats that have been toasted. Buckwheat is not related to wheat. It is a pseudocereal, not a grain. And it actually the fruit of a plant that is related to rhubarb. Buckwheat is gluten-free and a great alternative to other grains.
Flour ground from buckwheat is used in all sorts of applications, particularly crepes and pancakes. The cooked groats make a lovely pilaf or breakfast cereal, as is traditionally eaten in Eastern Europe. Another popular dish is Kasha Varnishkes, which is cooked buckwheat and bowtie pasta. And if you are lucky enough to live somewhere where you can find knish, then you might just find it in filling. (You New Yorkers be sure to stop by a street cart and enjoy a knish for me alright?) And if you interested in health benefits, you can read all about it here.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to finish my salad…because I don’t have to lick the screen. I get the real thing. (I know you’re jealous.)
I love this. I love the name, the ingredients and everything, even the very adorable toddler. I have tried buckwheat groats before but never with salad. This looks like a great way to have them. You do have a pretty awesome brain!
yum! i’m gonna make this to go with the leek and potato chowder tomorrow night. my meals are so much better now that you are back!
I love the new healthy focus of your blog! You have such great flavor combinations–I am so excited to see more of this esp. in healthful applications. Thanks for sharing!
I love adding avocado to salad. This one looks great. You’re right about salads being a great way to incorporate more veggies and fruits in one’s diet. They’re quick, easy, healthy and can be made very delicious and satisfying.
Sounds great. You inspire me to eat healthier things like Quinoa and Buckwheat.
A.B.C. salad? So cute. And memorable. Thanks for introducing me to buckwheat groats too. Yay for a healthier 2011!
Lindsay that looks fabulously delicious! I have never tried buckwheat groats. I don’t really like buckwheat or anything made with it, like buckwheat pancakes. The salad does look delishy though!
she’s a mini you huh. So cute. Come teach me your photog ways sometime. Yes?
Really a very nice abc salad,i love salads ,and this salad is also very tasty….
kasha is so good! my friend made a dehydrated cracker with kasha and vegetable pulp once. it was amazing. you would love it.
I had to comment again because I made this today and it is delicious. I love your recipes.
Can’t wait to try this! My doctor challenged me to switch to a vegan diet..he thinks he can reverse my diabetes by doing so. I am into week 2, and so far so good…but I really need a good arsenal of recipes! Thanks for your blog!