Have you every tried sorghum? If not, you are missing out. As a gluten free, ancient grain, sorghum is the fifth most important cereal grain crop in the world, mainly because it grows well in different environments. Nutritionally, sorghum is:
- Naturally high in fiber and iron, with a high protein level as well
- Rich in antioxidants, which are believed to help lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and some neurological diseases
- Full of policosanols that may have an impact on human cardiac health
- Grown from traditional hybrid seeds and does not contain biotechnology traits, making it nontransgenic or non-GMO
Sorghum is fantastic in soups, salads, and side dishes, as well as in chili, paella and anywhere you would use rice or other whole grains. You can even pop it like popcorn for a delicious, whole grain snack.
This Balsamic Tuna Sorghum Salad is an easy way to try out sorghum if you’ve never prepared it. Simply cook according to the package directions, it typically requires 4x the amount of liquid to dry sorghum grain. There are many different varieties, look at the recipe notes for some guidance.
I’d love to know if you have ever cooked with sorghum and any tips you have for others 🙂 Please share your stories in the comments below.
This recipe post is sponsored by the United Sorghum Checkoff Program:
- 1/2 cup packed COOKED whole grain sorghum
- 1/2 can solid white tuna, no salt added or low sodium- approximately 2 ounces
- 1/2 cup grape tomatoes
- 2 Tablespoons red onion, diced
- 1/4 avocado, diced
- 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon balsamic dressing – divided (see recipe below)
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 3/4 teaspoon honey (preferably raw)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add sorghum, tuna, tomatoes, onion and avocado to a bowl. Mix in 1 Tablespoon dressing. Serve atop a green salad or romaine lettuce leaves and drizzle with additional teaspoon of dressing. Reserve the rest of the dressing for another time.
Serves 1: 324 calories, 11.5g fat, 2g sat fat, 19mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate, 10g fiber, 5g sugar, 19g protein
Tips: This recipe is gluten free as written assuming the brands purchased do not contain hidden gluten. The sodium level is calculated with no salt added tuna, it will be higher if the tuna variety used is packed with added sodium.
The sorghum used in this recipe is a whole grain sorghum which cooks in 45 minutes. Different brands may have variable cooking times.