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Mood Boosting Buckwheat Groats Salad

This beautiful and delicious salad, high in tryptophan and mood enhancing B-vitamins, is a powerhouse of nutrients and deliciousness. The balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats make it perfect for blood sugar stability and as a meal that can easily be served as a main course.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 10 cups



  • 1 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1.5 lb. sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tbsp. tamari soy
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chopped sweet pepper mixed colors
  • ½ small red onion diced
  • 1 cup purple cabbage chopped
  • ½ cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • ¼ -½ cup parsley


  • cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ tsp. dried rosemary
  • ¼ tsp. dried turmeric
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • salt to taste


  • Heat oven to 400°. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into small cubes, about 1/2 “. Toss sweet potatoes in olive oil and tamari soy and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Mix the cumin, chili powder, pepper and paprika together and sprinkle over the sweet potatoes. Roast the sweet potatoes for 25 minutes.
  • Rinse one cup of buckwheat groats well. Add the buckwheat groats and 2 cups of water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and simmer, covered for 15-20 minutes. The groats should be cooked al dente. When cooked, rinse the groats under cold water to stop the cooking process and remove the gel-like consistency that forms during the cooking process.
  • Chop the peppers, red onion, cabbage, kale and parsley and grate the carrots.
  • Make the dressing by adding all ingredients to a glass jar and shaking to mix.
  • Add the roasted sweet potatoes, cooked buckwheat groats, chickpeas and all vegetables to a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix in.


To boost the mood-enhancing effects of this dish, serve it with baked salmon.
Keyword buckwheat, chickpeas, salad, sweet potatoes