Rainbow Grain Bowl

Serves 4


  • 1/2 cup cracked freekeh
  • 4 cups chopped lettuces (arugula, spinach, kale, etc)
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups cubed & roasted butternut squash
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • a few radishes, sliced on mandoline or very thinly with a knife
  • 2 cups purple cabbage, sliced on mandoline or very thinly with knife
  • for garnish: chopped cilantro, sesame seeds, aleppo pepper, flaky salt, lime wedges

For maple-tamari tofu

  • 1 block extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

For maple-harissa dressing:

  • 1/2 shallot, minced
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons harissa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • salt & pepper


  1. Press tofu: Cut tofu in 1/2" thick slices, then place between a clean towel and weight down with something heavy, like a few cookbooks. Let sit for 30 minutes to release excess water, then remove and dry.
  2. Meanwhile, make freekeh: In a saucepan combine freekeh, 1 1/2 cups water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, until all the water has been absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat and let sit covered for at least 5 minutes. (Sometimes, I cook with a minced garlic clove, then add a handful of chopped herbs at the end for added flavor.)
  3. Cook tofu: Cut each slice in half crosswise to make thin squares, then heat a sauté pan over high heat. Add tofu in an even layer, and use a spatula to press down very firmly.
  4. Combine tamari and maple syrup, then pour over the tofu in the pan. Use spatula to press tofu down again, then let cook for a minute, flip, and let cook for a minute or two more until golden brown and caramelized on each side.
  5. Make the dressing: combine everything in a jar, and shake!
  6. In each person's bowl, add a handful of arugula, a scoop of grains, then let everyone add whatever other toppings they like. Drizzle with maple-harissa dressing, then top with garnishes of your choice. Eat!