Berry Basil Endive Salad

It is 4:05 am and my brain is alive! Whoop, whoop. I learned the hard way in college that instead of staying up late to study for exams and not retain a single thing, that I really need to go to bed and get up at the butt crack of dawn for optimal performance. I mean seriously, I can crack out work projects like no ones business while everyone else is snoozing away! I know people think I am crazy when I say I wake up at 3 am and wake up without an alarm clock (yes no alarm everyday…I haven’t used one in about 3 years). 

Aside from goofy sleep schedule, we are going to the Packers vs. Vikings game on Sunday! Boy am I excited. I LOVE FOOTBALL. OH MY GOODNESS DO I LOVE FOOTBALL. All I can say is GO PACK GO. We are heading to the game at 8:30 to engage in some pregame festivities. Considering my husband emailed me to figure out if Jag Bombs are gluten free (they are by the way) I am guessing I will be the sober cab :) Totally okay! I am not much of a drinker! 

All right enough of my ramblings, let’s get to the salad. Contrary to its name, buckwheat groats are not wheat, do not contain gluten and are technically a seed. When eating Paleo I include them in my diet, but I know some Paleo goers are more strict and have buckwheats and quinoa in the grain category. All I can say is they are really seeds and let you be the judge!

I love buckwheat groats with in a breakfast cereal and on top of salads because they add some crunch! However, make sure you chew them completely or you will pay for it later (aka….gas, enough said). From a health standpoint, the health benefits of buckwheat are:

1) High in fiber – It helps slow down the rate of glucose absorption after a meal, making it a healthy choice for people with diabetes.

2) High in manganese, magnesium, copper, and zinc – These elements are beneficial for strengthening the immune system.

3) Contains all eight essential amino acids – The most important is lysine because it plays a key role in collagen production and is not produced by the human body.

Berry Basil Endive Salad
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Berry Basil Endive Salad
  1. 1 C Sliced Strawberries
  2. 3-4 tbsp Buckwheat Groats or Sunflower Seeds
  3. 1/8 C Golden Raisins
  4. 1/4 C Red Onion, thinly sliced
  5. 3 C Spinach
  6. 3 C Endive
  7. 6-8 Basil Leaves, chopped
  8. 1/4 C Fennel Bulb, chopped
Celery Seed Vinaigrette
  1. 1 Grapefruit, juice
  2. 3 tbsp Maple Syrup
  3. 1/4 C Olive Oil
  4. 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. 1/2 tsp Salt
  6. 1/2 tsp Celery Seeds
Berry Basil Endive Salad
  1. Chop ingredients and toss together in a large bowl.
Celery Seed Vinaigrette
  1. Place salad dressing ingredients into a quart sized mason jar. Put on the lid and shake it until combined.
  2. Toss the dressing with the salad immediately before serving. If you are making ahead of time wait to put the dressing on our you will have a wilted mess by the time you want to eat.
  1. If you cannot find buckwheat groats feel free to substitute for pepitas or sunflower seeds.
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