We are big raw foodies in our home. We much prefer raw veggies than cooked (unless it’s potatoes, pumpkin, Jerusalem artichokes etc). My kids devour at least 4 different vegetables everyday. It’s something I instilled in them from a very young age. When my daughter comes home from school, awaiting her in the lounge room is a bowl of vegetables and some cheese to tie her over until dinner time. I mix it up, but it can be anything from carrots, celery, corn, cabbage, broccoli stalk, avocado (okay, technically a fruit), capsicum etc. Both my girls love it. And over time, I have introduced to them a little dressing or dip to go with the vegetables. This meant that the introduction of salads with dinner became easier and more palatable.
Some busy nights, I will have just a salad with a little cheese and a hard boiled egg or a tin of tuna. But salads can get boring and sometimes tasteless. I love tabouli, but find burghul (cracked wheat) quite harsh and over powering. Then I discovered Fregola. It’s a tiny toasted pasta, incredibly low GI and really nutty and tasty. It’s so delicate and filling which is why it’s my number one choice for adding to salad dishes in place of burghul.
½ cup cooked and cooled fregola (cooked according to instructions – and you could use more if you want)
1 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1 cup chopped coriander
¼ cup chopped mint
½ capsicum roughly chopped
½ avocado chopped
1 tomato chopped
1 Lebanese cucumber peeled and chopped
1-3 tablespoons chopped Spanish onion or spring onion (depending on taste)
½ a lemon juiced
¼ cup top quality olive oil (I like Rosto’s olive oil from Toscano’s)
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and consume immediately.
Notes : This salad is not really crispy so it will go even more soggy if you leave it over night. If you, like my husband want protein with every meal, then add what you like but I find shredding left over roast chicken through this salad works really well. My girls like it with chicken or some cooked lentils. I can have it with nothing added and always find myself satisfied because of the fregola.