Grain Salads

Barley or Farro Salad with Almonds and Apricots

Barley or farro salad with almonds and apricots

Here’s a simple Middle-Eastern inspired salad whose slight sweetness makes it a good foil for other Middle Eastern specialties like hummus, tabbouli, and baba ghanouj. This is great with ordinary barley, and is a good way to highlight farro, an ancient hard wheat, as well. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Mexican-Flavored Quinoa Salad

Mexican-Flavored Quinoa-Salad

If you’re looking for a great quinoa salad that is pretty enough for company but easy enough for everyday meals, try this one. For lunch, it’s all you need, other than a fresh fruit. For dinner, it’s great served with baked sweet potatoes and vegan quesadillas. Or pair it with one of VegKitchen’s warming fall harvest soups. Recipe and photo contributed by Wendy Polisi, reprinted by permission from Cooking Quinoa.* more→

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Herb Garden Couscous or Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Herb Garden Couscous or Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Light-tasting yet substantial, this cool couscous or quinoa and black bean salad gets its spark from fresh herbs, tomatoes, and olives.This is a delicious accompaniment to grilled vegetables. If you have some parsley left over, boost the herb-alliciousness of the salad with Parsley Salad Dressing. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Olive Rice Salad

Olive rice salad

When the season for cold meals arrives, this easy rice salad is most welcome. Served with a simple combination of chickpeas or black beans and tomatoes drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and fresh herbs. Add some steamed broccoli or green beans to the meal for a finishing touch. Try using black rice (sometimes marketed as forbidden rice) for added eye appeal. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Spring Barley or Farro Salad with Asparagus

Barley or Farro and Asparagus salad

This delectable grain salad is a great way to showcase asparagus in the spring, its true season. Peas or edamame and fresh dill add flavor and texture. This teams nicely with Crustless Tofu Quiche with Mushrooms and HerbsAdd a platter of cherry tomatoes and baby carrots for a nice meal. more→

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Dilled Millet and Vegetable Salad

raw millet in a bowl

I first had this unusual salad at an outdoor summer party at the home of a friend; not only did I love it, but I was impressed with the enthusiasm with which other guests ate it. Bland but nutritious millet, after all, is not a grain that normally causes excitement. Other vegetables can be substituted for the ones given here, but fresh dill and a strong dressing are musts. more→

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Southwestern-Flavored Rice and Bean Salad

Southwestern-flavored rice and bean salad

When you have some leftover brown rice, this main-dish rice and bean salad, filled with great southwestern flavors, is a super way to make use of it. Plus, it’s a snap to make. With some vegan quesadillas or nachos, and a green vegetable, this becomes the centerpiece of an enjoyable everyday meal. more→

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Piquant Rice Salad

Exotic rice blend

Here’s a bold-flavored rice salad, enough to feed a crowd. Replete with lots of tasty ingredients, including artichokes, roasted peppers, and fresh chili peppers, it’s a great potcluck or buffet dish. more→

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