I haven’t used goji berries much before, mainly because I didn’t think I particularly liked them, but it turns out I wasn’t eating them right. While I’m still not in love with them on their own, they’re proving a great addition to recipes.
You’ve likely seen them listed as a “superfood” before and they have long been valued in Chinese medicine for improving kidney and liver function, building energy and strengthening vision and as a rich source of antioxidants to help protect against cancer and other diseases.
Whatever you think of their “superfood” status, they’re a pretty, tasty ingredient and at least as healthy as other berries.
nu3 is a leading supplier of nutrients and supplements to the European market with a huge range of health foods, cosmetics, vitamins and more. To celebrate their launch in the UK, they’re challenging bloggers to come up with a recipe using their best seller: the natural nu3 Goji berries.
Since I’ve already shared a sweet recipe using gojis- my Chocolate-Orange Goji Cookies, I thought I’d try something savoury this time.
This Chickpea, Goji & Wild Rice Salad has got everything you could want- full of nutrition , texture and flavour.
The gojis provide little bursts of sweetness and are a lovely textural contrast to the grains and beans. I added lots of herbs and a light dressing to keep it fresh-tasting.
Just look at how plump and juicy those gojis are! A short soak in warm water works wonders for them.
- 3/4 C Wild rice
- 1/2 C Goji berries
- 1 C Cooked chickpeas
- 2 Green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/4 C Chopped mint
- 2T Chopped basil
- 1-1/2 T Olive oil
- 1-1/2 T Apple cider vinegar
- Zest of 1/2 a lemon
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4C Almonds, lightly toasted and chopped
- Cook wild rice according to package instructions. Set aside to cool.
- Place the goji berries in a bowl and cover with hot water while you prepare the other ingredients. Drain.
- In a large bowl, stir together the cooled rice, chickpeas, goji berries, green onions, herbs, oil, vinegar and lemon zest. Check for seasoning.
- Serve, topped with the almonds.
What do you think of goji berries?