This Greek inspired buckwheat salad is made using a combination of roasted and fresh vegetables for a flavourful meal. Gluten free, nutritious and simple to make it comes together in just over 30 minutes.
To cook buckwheat use 1 portion of the buckwheat groats to 1.5 portions of salted water. Cover, bring to the boil, then simmer for about 12 minutes, until all the water has been absorbed and the groats are tender, stirring occasionally. If after 12 minutes your buckwheat doesn't seem to be fully cooked add a bit of water and cook for a few more minutes but make sure you don't overcook it. Cooked buckwheat should be soft but not mushy and sticky.
While the buckwheat is boiling away roast the vegetables. Preheat the oven to its highest temperature and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the tomatoes and whole peppers (if using red bell peppers cut them in half and roast skin side up) on top and roast in the centre of the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, add chunks of feta, brush with a little oil and put back in the oven for 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven, carefully remove the skin from the pepper (as much of it as you can) and assemble the salad. Spread the buckwheat on top of a large plate or in a shallow bowl, place the vegetables, both roasted (along with the juices if any) and raw over the top, add the feta, season to taste, sprinkle the oregano and drizzle over the oil and lemon juice. Give a gentle stir and enjoy your buckwheat salad!
You can usually find buckwheat in large supermarkets or health food stores. You will always be able to find buckwheat in a Polish delicatessen (they tend to stock roasted buckwheat, which is what I've used in this recipe).
Make ahead: You can cook the buckwheat ahead and once cooled keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.
I used cherry tomatoes but you can use any tomato variety. If using large tomatoes cut them into quarters before roasting.
This salad can be served warm or cold. You can add the vegetables straight from the oven. The roasted feta is soft and best served immediately.