Sorghum Salad

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 After a week in Seattle followed by a long weekend in NYC, I am now focused and determined to get down to some clean and healthy eating. This Sorghum Salad is a good start as it is a nutritional powerhouse and quite delicious.

Sorghum is an old grain that has great importance in poor countries in places like Africa, but it’s not thought of as something that would make it onto the average American table- until now. I had always thought of sorghum as something they only made molasses with.

This gluten free grain has a chewy texture similar to wheat berries, but to my taste it’s a little milder. It’s versatile enough to use in a cold salad like this one, or exchange it for rice or couscous in warm dishes, even soups. The pearls are about the same size as Israeli couscous, but you get a whole lot of nutritional value for the same texture and feel. They’re also gluten free for those looking for an alternative grain.

Sorghum may also be popped like popcorn, and it’s wonderful!! The kernels are smaller and so make petite little puffs. As a result you can’t eat them one by one with corn, but rather scoop them up by the handful. Fun! Since many folks can be sensitive to corn, this is a fantastic alternative.

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I was generously given some sorghum by Bob’s Red Mill at the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) and was really looking forward to trying it. I really didn’t know what to expect at first and I was delighted by how easy and yummy these are.

My secret to cooking whole grains (including wheat berries, quinoa and rice) is to put my rice cooker to the task. I love to set up my rice cooker up earlier in the afternoon and just let her rip while I tend to other things. Once the grains are ready, I merely keep the warm as I prepare the rest of the meal.

I also recommend making a double batch. One for now and one to dip into for a chewy accent to salads or a side dish.

Sorghum Salad
This nutritionally packed whole grain is delicious in this healthy salad.
355 calories
45 g
0 g
19 g
8 g
3 g
333 g
390 g
1 g
0 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355
Calories from Fat 167
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 390mg
Total Carbohydrates 45g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup sorghum
  2. 3 cups water
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  5. 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  6. 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  7. 5 tablespoons olive oil
  8. 1 scallion, finely chopped
  9. 1/2 small red onion, finely sliced
  10. grind of black pepper and salt to taste
  11. 4 cups baby kale leaves, or other greens
  1. In a large pot (or rice cooker), combine water, sorghum and salt and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until the water is absorbed and the grains are tender- adding extra water if necessary. About 50 minutes of cooking time.
While the sorghum is cooking prepare the dressing
  1. In a small bowl combine the lemon juice, mustard and garlic and stir. While continuing to stir, slowly add the olive oil to make a thick dressing.
  2. After the sorghum is cooked, allow to cool until warm, about 5 minutes, then toss with the dressing, scallions, onion and kale leaves.
  1. I recommend making a double batch to have on hand for a quick and delicious lunch.
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  1. Patty Berwald says:

    Pop some sorghum and shows what it looks like!

  2. Patty Berwald says:

    Lets try that again…. Please pop some sorghum and show us what it looks like!

  3. Sounds delicious. I had heard of this grain but never really see it too much in American diets.

  4. This was delicious. Made it tonight and even the kids ate it.

  5. Made this tonight and it was delicious. Even the kids ate it. There aren’t a lot of sorghum recipes out there, thank you for posting this one.

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