Cranberry Ginger Sorghum Salad {Recipe ReDux}

January 22, 2016

This sorghum salad is made by infusing whole-grain sorghum with fresh cranberries and ginger for a flavorful and nutrient-rich side dish. Serve it alongside your favorite protein for a balanced lunch or dinner.

Cranberry Ginger Sorghum Salad | This sorghum salad is made by infusing whole-grain sorghum with fresh cranberries and ginger for a flavorful and nutrient-rich side dish. Serve it alongside your favorite protein for a balanced lunch or dinner. Get this gluten-free and vegan recipe @jlevinsonrd.

In honor of the first Recipe ReDux of 2016, this month’s theme is A New Ingredient for the New Year. 

Pick a new ingredient that you’ve been wanting to try… and cook or bake up a new recipe in the new year. Are you curious about nutritional yeast, fish sauce, matcha, teff – or maybe even ugli fruit? Show us how you’re cooking with something new (to you!) in 2016.

While I just purchased my first bottle of nutritional yeast and can’t wait to test it out in the kitchen, the new ingredient I decided to use this month was sorghum. I actually tried sorghum once before a while back when the folks at Wondergrain sent me some samples, but I made it in a very simple way and never tried it again until now. I don’t know what I was waiting for!

Cranberry Ginger Sorghum Salad | This sorghum salad is made by infusing whole-grain sorghum with fresh cranberries and ginger for a flavorful and nutrient-rich side dish. Serve it alongside your favorite protein for a balanced lunch or dinner. Get this gluten-free and vegan recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Sorghum is one of those ancient grains (like quinoa) that’s gaining in popularity in supermarkets and on restaurant menus. Hopefully it will soon become a staple grain in your house too. It’s a gluten free whole grain that’s naturally high in fiber and iron and a good source of protein.

One of the things I really like about sorghum is that it retains it’s texture and doesn’t get soggy, so it stands up great for soups and stews. Also, similar to quinoa, it has a neutral flavor, so you can pair it with pretty much any ingredients you have on hand. It sort of reminds me of Israeli couscous, but with more fiber!

To make this Cranberry Ginger Sorghum Salad side dish I used whole grain (not pearled) sorghum, vegetable stock, frozen cranberries, and ground ginger – all staples I had on hand. You can easily interchange sorghum for any of the other grains you have in your pantry, but if you’re interested in trying something new, I recommend getting a bag of sorghum and giving it a try!

Cranberry Ginger Sorghum Salad | This sorghum salad is made by infusing whole-grain sorghum with fresh cranberries and ginger for a flavorful and nutrient-rich side dish. Serve it alongside your favorite protein for a balanced lunch or dinner. Get this gluten-free and vegan recipe @jlevinsonrd.

The inspiration for this combination came from a care package I received from the US Cranberry Marketing committee around the holidays, for which I made a similar side dish using brown rice. I’ve been meaning to recreate it for the blog, but never got around to it until now, so I decided to change it up a bit.

By adding the cranberries to the pot while the sorghum is cooking, they turned into a sort of cranberry sauce that coated the sorghum turning it’s ivory color into this gorgeous cranberry red color. Plus, the cranberries infused the grains so that you don’t just get a hint of cranberry here and there; rather, you get the flavor in every bite.

You can serve this Cranberry Ginger Sorghum Salad as a side dish next to your favorite entree protein or add some beans or crumbled cheese and make it a one-bowl vegetarian meal for a balanced lunch or dinner. Although the sorghum takes about an hour to cook, it’s an easy recipe to put together and requires very little hands-on time.

Cranberry Ginger Sorghum Salad | This sorghum salad is made by infusing whole-grain sorghum with fresh cranberries and ginger for a flavorful and nutrient-rich side dish. Serve it alongside your favorite protein for a balanced lunch or dinner. Get this gluten-free and vegan recipe @jlevinsonrd.

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Cranberry Ginger Sorghum Salad

This sorghum salad is made by infusing whole-grain sorghum with fresh cranberries and ginger for a flavorful and nutrient-rich side dish. Serve it alongside your favorite protein for a balanced lunch or dinner.
Course Grains, Side Dish
Cuisine Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jessica

Ingredients

  • 1 quart low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 cup whole grain sorghum
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Bring stock to a boil in a medium pot. Add sorghum and bring to a full boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook approximately 35 minutes.
  2. When water is reduced to the level of the grain, stir in the chopped cranberries. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook about 12 to 15 minutes until water is completely absorbed.
  3. Turn off the heat and stir in green onions, ground ginger, orange juice, salt, and syrup. Serve hot or room temperature.

What new ingredients are you cooking with this year?

Get some inspiration from my fellow Recipe ReDuxers below!

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Cranberry Ginger Sorghum Salad | This sorghum salad is made by infusing whole-grain sorghum with fresh cranberries and ginger for a flavorful and nutrient-rich side dish. Serve it alongside your favorite protein for a balanced lunch or dinner. Get this gluten-free and vegan recipe @jlevinsonrd.
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    1. Thanks Liz! I think the size may be the biggest difference between these two ancient grains. Can’t wait to try amaranth out soon!

    1. Oh, I sure hope you try it Sonali! And so glad I could inspire you. If you like couscous I think you will for sure like it!

  1. LOVE LOVE the color of this dish!! And of course, can’t go wrong with the cranberries + ginger + maple syrup combo ;). I haven’t cooked with sorghum either, but it’s good to know that it doesn’t get soggy!! Must add to my soups which I’ve been having almost every day #hellowinter

    1. Thanks so much Min! I think the color of it is my favorite part! And the flavors really are delish! I haven’t tried it yet in soups, but that’s my plan the next time I use it. I think it will be a great addition. Hope you try sorghum soon!

  2. I love sorghum but haven’t had too much of it. So nice to see a different grain like this. Loving the flavors you paired – I am a ginger lover! This looks so great 🙂

  3. OH I would love that in veggie bowl, the color is so bright and it looks super flavorful 🙂 Haven’t cooked with sorghum though, but I see you have a similar recipe with brown rice!

    1. The color of it is one of my fave parts! You can make this recipe with any grain really, but if you get a chance to try the sorghum I recommend you do!

  4. Being the southerner I am, I’ve had sorghum syrup but I’ve never tried actual sorghum. It’s on the list. Looks like it would be perfect with some leftover veggies for an easy lunch!

    1. Thanks so much EA! Sweet and savory is probably my favorite flavor combo for recipes! I really need to get on getting a slow cooker! would love to know your favorite things to pair with sorghum since you’re an expert in this GF grain!

  5. You’re so clever Jessica 🙂 I love how you infused the grains with cranberries, so they took on that brilliant red hue. And cranberry ginger is a delish combo. I’ve got to try some whole grain sorghum!

    1. Haha…you’re so sweet Caroline! It really is a delish flavor pairing and it was a fun surprise to see the change in color by cooking it this way. Definitely give this grain a try!

    1. Janice, really?! I can’t believe you of all people haven’t tried sorghum yet! You’ve gotta get on that lady!! Hope you try it and love my version!