Hearty vegetarian buckwheat salad. I combined their mild nutty and earthy flavor with sweet roasted beets and fresh orange. I especially like the buckwheat and orange combination. Buckwheat is packed with nutrients, fiber, proteins and also naturally gluten-free. I’ve also added peppery rocket, salty feta cheese, and crispy toasted hazelnuts. The sauce is light and sweet with a citrusy note. It’s a healthy and really delicious salad full of amazing flavors and textures. An idea for a great packable lunch! I’m sure you’ll love it.
Oranges can be simply divided into pieces or cut into supremes, like on the photo. This way, they look lovely on a plate and also are more tasteful. Youtube videos are very helpful (how to supreme an orange).
If you like buckwheat as much as I do, try also my buckwheat and mushroom risotto with chicken, zucchini and sun-dried tomatoes.
Buckwheat salad with roasted beets, orange, feta and rocket
- 1/2 cup (100g) buckwheat groats (3.5 oz / 100g) preferably roasted
- 1 cup water / broth 240-250ml
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 small beetroots
- 1 big orange
- 2.8 oz (80g) feta cheese OR mild, crumby goats cheese
- 2 tablespoons hazelnuts
- a handful of arugula/rocket
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds optional
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest preferably from an organic orange
- salt and black pepper to taste
- Buckwheat: Place buckwheat in a medium pot, pour in boiling water or broth. Add olive oil, stir, cover the pot and bring to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes over low heat. Remove the pot from the heat, uncover and leave for 10-15 minutes. After this time, fluff up and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cut the beetroots into bite-sized pieces*.
- Rinse and dry the rocket (preferably in a salad spinner).
- Peel the orange and divide into pieces. If you have time, you can also divide the orange into supremes. To do that you need to trim off the ends of the fruit, lay the orange down, cut the skin from the flesh and cut out the wedges leaving the membranes behind. Youtube tutorials are very helpful! Oranges cut this way look lovely on a plate and are more flavorful.
- Mix the ingredients for the sauce togehter. The fastest way to do this is to pour them into a small jar, close the lid and shake well. You can also mix it in a food processor – the sauce will be thickier and creamier.
- Toast the nuts on a dry pan until slightly brown and fragrant. Immediately transfer to a plate as they can burn quickly.
- Place cooked buckwheat on a plate, put rocket leaves on top, then arrange beetroot and orange pieces, crumble the feta cheese over the salad. Sprinkle with toasted haselnuts, poppy seeds and pour over the sauce.
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