And we can all admit, sometimes it’s hard to eat as many veggies as we should.
A quick, easy, and delicious solution is making a whole grain salad. These can be served warm or cold and work well as a side dish or a complete meal. You can add sautéed or grilled chicken, beef, tofu or fish for additional protein.
I’d like to share a few recipes from other sites, but also give you some simple steps you can experiment with to suit your own tastes.
4 Step Basic Whole Grain Salad
- Cook grain according to package directions and chill if serving cold
- Chop and add veggies
- Add herbs, spices, and seasonings (personally, I prefer to season lightly vs coating with a heavy dressing)
- Top with toasted nuts, seeds, or dry fruit (optional)
5 Variations to Try
- Greek – Add tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, olives, and feta cheese. Flavor with lemon juice and olive oil. Try Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.
- Asian – Add finely pea pods, carrots, and edamame. Flavor with lime juice, soy sauce and top with toasted peanuts. Try Asian Inspired Tabouli Salad.
- Italian – Add tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, and garlic. Flavor with an olive oil & balsamic vinaigrette. Try Caprese Couscous Salad.
- Garden Medley – Add finely chopped broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, red onion and other fresh veggies. Try Summer Barley Salad.
- Curry – Add bell peppers, cilantro, and dried cranberries. Flavor with curry powder, lime juice and top with toasted almonds. Try Cranberry and Cilantro Quinoa Salad.
- Cooking Light: 27 Whole Grain Salad Recipes
- Rachael Ray: 6 Easy Whole Grain Salad Recipes
- AllRecipes: Grain Salad Recipes
- Whole Grains Council: Recipes
- Bon Appetit: Grain Salad Recipes