Herbed Grains Salad
  • 1¼ cups dry grains medley (try Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains, or any mixed grains you like such as wild rice, Israeli Couscous, whole wheat orzo, rice-lentil combos, etc)
  • 1 large apple, diced
  • ½-1 English cucumber (also called Hothouse, in the plastic wrapper), diced
  • 4 green onions thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup toasted sliced almonds
  • Large handful of fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • Large handful of fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of ½ an orange or a lemon
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Cook grains according to package directions, making sure to include some salt in the water for flavor. When cooked, spread grains out onto a dinner plate to cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together maple syrup, vinegar, olive oil, mustard, and lemon juice with a dash of salt & pepper. Add apples, cucumbers, scallions, herbs, and cranberries to the bowl and toss in the vinaigrette. When grains are cool, add them to the bowl (de-clumping with your fingers if necessary), along with the toasted almonds. Toss to coat. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Recipe by Eating Made Easy at https://eating-made-easy.com/herbed-grains-salad/