Every time I serve this salad at a party, people contact me afterward asking for the recipe. It’s a crowd-pleaser and a nice change of pace from traditional pasta salads. For all of you who’ve asked me recently, here you go!
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
- 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.
- 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.
RichardAugust 30, 2010 at 6:54 am
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Devin MequioOctober 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm
I just made the grain salad. It was very light and delicious. We will definitely make this again!