What a tasty little grain this is. Freekeh is young, green wheat which has been toasted and cracked. One of the so called ‘ancient grains’ which have made a resurgence in recent years, it is packed full of goodness and tastes great too. I can’t get it at my supermarket, but I think some fancy supermarkets stock it and most delis and health food shops. You could make this salad with bulgur or for a lighter version with quinoa, but freekeh has a great nutty flavour and doesn’t go soggy when dressed. Let you imagination run wild as you can really add your own touch to this one and vary the dressing and ingredients to your liking. I haven’t been able to track down chervil, so I used dill last time and I used good ole Dodoni instead of the fancy sheeps milk feta and it was great. This will be big hit at barbies. Get your freak on!
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the freekeh in plenty of water for 40 minutes, or until tender. Drain it well.
While still warm, dress the freekeh with the oil, vinegar and lemon, then season well. Toss through the red onion, parsley, mint and chervil. Tip it into a serving bowl then top with the toasted almonds and crumbled feta.
Serves 6-8 as a side