This post is sponsored by Bob's Red Mill.
I absolutely love this time of year when spring produce starts to pop up at the grocery store. It always seems to motivate and inspire me in the kitchen after coming out of the slow winter months. When asparagus first starts to make its appearance, it's like, GAME ON. And don't even get me started on strawberries. Ohhhh, the strawberries. But let's pause on spring produce talk for now (I know. It's hard.) and talk about sorghum.
Have you cooked with sorghum before? It's one of my very favorite gluten-free grains! The texture is amazing. If you're familiar with wheat berries (not gluten-free), which have a lot of bite and chew, sorghum is fairly similar. It's much bigger than quinoa and totally different in taste and texture. I would say the flavor is much more mild than quinoa with a bit of earthiness. And just 1/4 cup of sorghum (uncooked) has 5 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. Not too shabby!
The cool thing about cooking sorghum is that it's SO easy. Well, it does take some time to cook, but it's much simpler than all the other grains. You basically simmer it uncovered until it's done to your liking. You don't have to worry about water absorbing or anything like that. Sorghum is pretty forgiving. Just set your timer and you'll be good to go!
I thought it would be the perfect grain to create a hearty, spring salad with. It holds up well to dressing and keeps its bite. It also takes on flavor easily. I've tossed the sorghum with lightly cooked ribboned asparagus, leeks, and garlic and finished everything off with a lemon parsley dressing.
Now, will it please stop snowing in Denver?
Spring Sorghum and Asparagus Salad
gluten-free, vegan // yields about 3 large servings or 6 as a side
- 1 cup sorghum
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup + 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
- 1 1/2 tablespoons minced shallot
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt + pepper
- 1 large leek, sliced along short end (light green and white parts only - thoroughly rinsed)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1lb thick stalk asparagus, ends snapped off + ribboned with a peeler
- 3-4 handfuls arugula
- salted pepitas, to top
Soak sorghum in a bowl of water overnight or for at least 8hrs (optional). Drain and rinse. Place in a pot covered with 3-4 inches of water. Bring to a boil over high, then reduce heat to constantly simmer (uncovered) for about 35-45 minutes. Add more water if needed to keep sorghum covered. Remove from heat when cooked to your liking. (If you don't pre-soak, cook sorghum for 50-65 minutes. Taste for doneness.) Drain water and place in a large bowl.
Meanwhile, combine 1/4 cup oil, lemon juice, parsley, shallot, maple syrup, salt + pepper in a jar. Seal and shake vigorously until well combined. If too acidic, add another tablespoon or so of olive oil. Set aside.
About 10 minutes before the sorghum is finished, heat a medium sized pan over medium heat with 2 teaspoons oil. Once hot, add sliced leeks with a pinch of salt and cook for about 5-6 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add asparagus ribbons and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until bright green and starting to soften. Remove from heat.
To serve warm: Combine just cooked asparagus with sorghum and arugula. Pour dressing over top and toss to combine. Add salt + pepper to taste. Top with pepitas. Serve immediately.
To serve room temp/chilled: Let cooked sorghum come to room temp. Empty asparagus mixture onto a plate and place in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Combine asparagus with sorghum and arugula in a large bowl. Pour dressing over top and toss to combine. Serve room temp or refrigerate until chilled.
Keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about 2 days.
Notes: If you can't find asparagus with thicker stalks, simply slice thinner stalks in half.
Today's post is sponsored by Bob's Red Mill, and I received compensation for writing this piece on sorghum. Opinions are always my own. If I didn't love it, you wouldn't hear about it. Thanks for your continued support!