I love this type of salad. The mix of grains and vegetables combined with its lemony dressing is satisfying as a side dish or a meal in itself. I used a package of Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend. It’s a mix of Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans and red quinoa. If you can’t get your hands on it, try experimenting with your own favorite grains. No matter what you use, this dressing will bring it all together with the veggies and taste delicious!
Harvest Grains and Veggie Salad
1 3/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 cups Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
15 ounce can small red beans, drained and rinsed well
4 – 5 sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
1 – 2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon red onion, finely chopped
In a small pot bring the water to a boil, then add the salt, the grains and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Lower to a simmer and cook, covered, for 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and cumin and give it a whisk.
In a medium bowl, add the remaining ingredients and top with the warm grains, the warmth will wilt the spinach ever so slightly. Then, add the dressing and stir to combine.
Refrigerate for at least an hour to serve cold, although, I can never wait. I just eat it right there and then!
- This Trader Joe’s blend is a nice change. I had never used it before. The grains, and especially the garbanzo beans, retain a nice bite to them that I like. If you like things a bit more tender, you can increase the cooking time by a minute or so. Test it at 10 minutes first.