Spiced Freekah, Turkey and Blueberry Salad with Persian Feta

Spiced Freekah, Turkey and Blueberry Salad with Persian Feta

Spiced Freekah, Turkey and Blueberry Salad with Persian Feta

Serves 4

500 g turkey breast
1 1/ 2 cups (300 g) freekah, rinsed
4 large handfuls baby spinach, coarsely shredded
30 g butter
1/ 2 cup (60 g) flaked almonds
1/ 2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
2 x 125 g punnets blueberries
125 g Persian fetta, crumbled

1/ 4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/ 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/ 2 teaspoon caster sugar
1/ 4 cup (60 ml) olive oil

Remove and discard the skin and any sinew from the turkey. Place in a medium saucepan, cover with cold water and gently simmer for 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside to cool slightly in the poaching liquid. Transfer turkey onto a plate and refrigerate until completely cool.
Meanwhile, bring 3 1/ 2 cups (875 ml) of water to the boil in a medium saucepan. Add the freekah, decrease the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 15 minutes, or until tender and most of the water has been absorbed. Drain and transfer in a medium bowl. Add the spinach and mix to wilt. Spread out onto a tray and set aside to cool.
To make the dressing, combine the lemon juice, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon and caster sugar in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil and season with salt and pepper.
Melt the butter in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add the almonds and cook for 4–5 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer onto a plate lined with kitchen paper, to drain.
Shred the cooled turkey into small strips.
Combine the turkey, freekah, onion and blueberries in a large bowl. Pour over the dressing and toss to coat.
Scatter with Persian feta and butter toasted almonds to serve.

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