A winter salad that pairs nicely with a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir
In a medium sauce pan, add the freekeh, and water to cover the freekeh by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and then add 1 teaspoon Kosher salt and 1 dried bay leaf. Reduce the heat to low and cover pot. Simmer for about 20 minutes. The freekeh is done when it is chewy but not crunchy. Taste for salt.
Drain the freekeh and cool, spread out on a baking sheet. Add a good pour of extra virgin olive oil. Set aside.
In a large frying pan over medium high heat add about one tablespoon + of extra virgin olive oil. Sauté minced garlic for about 1 minutes and then add swiss chard ribs and continue to sauté for about 3-4 minutes. Add the swiss chard leaves sautéing for another 2-3 minutes, until leaves are wilted. Cool.
In a large bowl combine sautéed swiss chard and freekeh. Add the grapes, hazelnuts, and scallions. Stir to combine. Add 1.5 oz. of red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper, and pigment d' espelette. Stir again to combine. Adjust for seasoning and add 1.5 oz. of extra virgin olive oil and stir. Let the salad sit at room temperature for 15 minutes for flavors to mingle.