Curried Sweet Potato and Freekeh Salad Recipe

Curried sweet potato and freekeh salad recipe

The Spruce Eats / Anastasiia Tretiak

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 3 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
764 Calories
37g Fat
94g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3
Amount per serving
Calories 764
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 669mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 94g 34%
Dietary Fiber 25g 90%
Protein 29g
Calcium 330mg 25%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a hearty vegetarian and vegan curried sweet potato and freekeh salad recipe with Moroccan influences. Freekeh combines with roasted sweet potatoes, plenty of curry powder, dried cranberries and apricots and sliced almonds for a filling blend of tastes and textures. Plus, isn't it beautiful?

Recipe and photo courtesy of Freekeh foods


  • 8 ounces freekeh (1 package, or 1 cup, uncooked)
  • 2 1/2 cups water (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 sweet potato (or yam, scrubbed, diced and roasted)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil (for drizzling on sweet potatoes)
  • 1 large bell pepper (red, diced)
  • 1/2 onion (purple, diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or grapeseed oil)
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons curry powder (mild)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
  • 1 cup apricots (chopped)
  • 1 cup peas (frozen and thawed)
  • 1 cup almonds (sliced, or pepita seeds)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for curried sweet potato and freekeh salad
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  2. Pour 2 1/2 cups of water or vegetable broth and the freekeh into a saucepan and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low then cover and simmer for about 25 minutes until the freekeh is tender.

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  3. Once the freekeh is cooked, place in a separate dish to cool in the refrigerator.

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  4. Pre-heat the oven to 375 F.

  5. Scrub the sweet potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes (you can choose to remove the skins or not - it's a personal preference either way). Place the cubed sweet potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle a little olive oil on them.

    Cube sweet potatoes
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  6. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until tender. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and set aside. Sweet potatoes can also be microwaved if you're short on time, but you won't get the same lovely depth of flavor that comes with oven roasting in olive oil.

    Bake sweet potatoes
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  7. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat and toss in red peppers, onions, and garlic. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes then add curry powder, salt, and pepper. Cook further until the onions are translucent. Set aside to cool.

    Toss in onions and peppers
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  8. Combine freekeh in a bowl with vegetable mixture, add dried fruits, nuts, peas, and sweet potatoes.

    Combine freekeh in bowl
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  9. Season to taste and serve.

    Season to taste
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Recipe Variation

  • Try adding slightly steamed diced broccoli, sautéed cauliflower, chickpeas or lentils to this recipe to fill it out a bit. Simply rinse and drain, then toss on in!