Mom Knows Best : Gluten Free Italian Sorghum Salad

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gluten Free Italian Sorghum Salad

I went out to eat the other day and had this wonderful couscous salad with my fish tacos. I just had to recreate it at home. I did not have any couscous in my pantry but I did have a package of Bob's Red Mill Sorghum, which has a texture similar to couscous. Sorghum is a gluten free grain that has a hearty chewy texture that is similar to wheat berries. This grain is high in protein and fiber too. This salad is wonderful to put in a lunch box or served with a meal. This is a cold salad that is made with tomatoes, avocado, black olives, and pesto.

This is what Sorghum looks like before it is cooked.

This is what Sorghum looks like after it is cooked.

Italian Sorghum Salad


1 Cup Bob's Red Mill Sorghum 
3 Cups water 
1 large avocado 
1 large tomato 
½  Cups black olives 
2 Tablespoons store bought or homemade pesto 

Cook the Sorghum according to directions on package, using 3 cups water and 1 cup Sorghum. Let the cooked Sorghum cool down to room temperature.

Peel and chop the avocado into small pieces. Chop the tomato and black olives into small pieces also.

Combine the cooled Sorghum, pesto, avocado, tomato, and black olives in a large bowl. Stir gently until combined.

This salad is best served cold. Store leftovers in the fridge. Serves 4-6 people.


  1. I haven't heard of this before but it sounds wonderful and the salad is so colorful! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  2. I have never tried sorghum before, but now I will give it a shot. I like both quinoa & couscous and imagine I could use this in those recipes instead.

  3. That looks really tasty and healthy!

  4. This looks delicious! I've never tried sorghum but this dish looks like something I would like. I'm going to show it to my sister because she is gluten free.

  5. I never eat this before, looks healty :D

  6. I never heard of eating sorghum grain before but it makes sense. I grew some to press for molasses but did not let it form grain.

  7. Looks like the perfect lunch- I love things I can just grab on the run that are healthy! I bet the avocado is so good in this!

  8. I've never eaten sorghum before, but I love couscous. I'll have to give this a try.

  9. Like many others commenting here, I have never tried sorghum. This dish looks delicious so I might have to give it a try sometime!

  10. Yum - that looks good!! Pinned that to try one day!

  11. I don't think I've ever heard of Sorghum before, but that looks really tasty! I'll have to try it without the olives though since we don't get along. ;-)


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