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Recipe Category: Salads

Pumpkin and Pistachio Freekah Salad with Maple Syrup Dresing

A delectable grain salad with the sweetness of pumpkin and maple.

Serves: 4-6
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • 500g butternut pumpkin, peeled and diced
  • 1 small red capsicum, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup freekah
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
  • 1 small bunch coriander, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Toss pumpkin, capsicum, onion, oil and salt together in a baking dish and roast at 200°C in the upper part of the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown. Meanwhile, place freekah, 1 litre water and 1 tablespoon salt in a saucepan, bring to the boil and boil for 15 minutes until tender. Drain, rinsing briefly, and allow to cool. Shake dressing ingredients together in a jar. Combine freekah, roasted vegetables, dressing, half the coriander and half the pistachios together. Serve in a salad bowl sprinkled with remaining pistachios and coriander.


Freekah is a cereal made from young green wheat that is roasted. It is available in specialty grocers and gourmet delis/supermarkets.

Author: Naomi Crisante
Date Created: 20/01/2021