A few years ago, at Blogfest 2015, Morningstar Farms hosted a luncheon for the attendees. While not all of their products are vegan, they served a great spicy Indian salad that was made with a variety of veggies, faro, and their Spicy Indian Veggie patties, which are completely plant-based.

It was so good that I even went back for seconds! On my second serving, I took the time to look and taste to decide what was in it. Mint, for sure, plus tomato, cucumber, onion, and chickpeas. I decided that I was going to re-create it as soon as I got home.

Instead of the faro, I used freekeh, but rice, buckwheat or even quinoa would be great substitutions, so it would be easy to make gluten-free. I added zucchini and toasted pine nuts because I really think that everything is better with pine nuts.

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This deliciously spicy Indian Salad is made with freekeh, faro, or your favorite grain (make it gluten-free with buckwheat or quinoa!), lots of fresh veggies, and a light mint lime dressing. Perfect on its own or as a side dish! #vegan #vegetarian #veganrecipe #MeatlessMonday

Of course, the greatness of a salad depends upon the dressing. I had no idea what was in that long-ago salad dressing, but I decided to keep mine light and fresh, using a little mint and lime juice to complement the flavors of the salad.

For this recipe I used the Morningstar Farms Spicy Indian Veggie patties, but if you’d prefer, here is a recipe for Indian Lentil Cakes that would work beautifully.

Spicy Indian Salad with Mint Lime Dressing

I love this Spicy Indian Salad as a main dish but it is also a perfect salad to serve at a barbecue or with any entree.

Spicy Indian Salad with Mint Lime Dressing


Author: Debbie

Recipe type: Salad

Serves: 2-3


  • 2 Morningstar Farms Spicy Indian veggie patties (or use this recipe if you prefer to make your own)
  • 2 cups prepared freekeh, faro, or other grain of your choice.
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large zucchini, chopped
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mint, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Toast the pine nuts and set aside.
  2. Cook the Spicy Indian patties and the freekeh (or other grain) and allow to cool a little. Then cut the patties into small, bite sized pieces. Transfer the freekeh to a large salad bowl.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the onion, tomatoes, and zucchini. Add it to the bowl with the freekeh, then add the chopped Spicy Indian patties, beans, pine nuts, and parsley. Stir gently to combine, then add the Mint Lime dressing (see below) and toss.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. This salad can be served slightly warm or chilled.
    Mint Lime Dressing
  5. Combine the oil, lime juice, and vinegar and mix with a fork. Stir in the mint, then season to taste.



What is your favorite grain? Have you tried freekeh before?

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