Grain Salads

Barley Salad with Almonds and Apricots

Pearl barley

Here’s a Middle-Eastern inspired barley salad that’s a nice offering for buffets and potlucks. Its slight sweetness makes it a good foil for other Middle Eastern specialties like hummus, tabbouli, and baba ghanouj. Note that pot barley, a less refined form of barley than the common pearled barley sold in supermarkets, is offered as an alternative. Sold in natural food stores, it’s not only more nutritious, but cooks to a less sticky consistency. This is great with ordinary barley as well. more→

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Herb Garden Couscous and Black Bean Salad

Light-tasting yet substantial, this cool couscous and black bean salad gets its spark from fresh herbs. You can vary this recipe by using quinoa or millet instead of couscous. This is a delicious accompaniment to grilled vegetables. more→

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Olive Rice Salad

When the season for cold meals arrives, this easy grain salad can be served with a simple combination of chickpeas or black beans and tomatoes drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and fresh herbs. If you can get fresh corn yet, great, and if not, steamed broccoli or green beans work well, too.  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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Bulgur Salad with Fruits and Nuts

An invigorating melange of textures and flavors, this salad is also quite adaptable. Add various other fruits or veggies to it; substitute other dried or fresh fruits; or use another grain altogether, like couscous or quinoa. 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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