Thursday, February 16, 2012

harvest grains salad

February 16, 2012 · 18 comments

in lunch, recipes

i really like to prep one or two simple side dishes each weekend that are easy to pack up and bring in my lunches throughout the week. my three bean salad and sun-dried tomato and farro salad are two of my favorites.

add this one to the list.

harvest grain greek salad




by sarah zinkel

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: side salad vegetarian harvest grains






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ingredients (6, 1/2 cup servings)

  • 3 cups cooked trader joe’s harvest grain blend (1 1/4 cup dry) or grain of choice
  • 4 oz sun dried tomatoes
  • 4 oz sliced black olives
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (i used garlic infused oil)
  • salt and pepper to taste


cook grains and chop onions

allow grains to cool and toss with the rest of the ingredients

refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is better) to allow flavors to intensify

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in a word, yum.

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this might be my new favorite salad. i think i’ve eaten it every day since i made it.

i know it’s a pretty traditional flavor combination, but i like traditions!

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also, this is how i store grains like this once i open the bag…

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i pour whatever isn’t used into a ball jar, cut out the cooking directions and put them inside the jar or tape them to the outside. then i cut out the label so i know what’s in the jar and place it over the top and use the ring to screw it on.

it’s so simple! i like this way because it’s not permanent. so if i use up these grains and then don’t but them again for a while, i won’t have an empty container permanently labeled “harvest grains” sitting around waiting for me to fill it. because sometimes you have a lot of other grains to use up before you get more (i know you know what i’m talking about… raise your hand if you have a grain collection in your pantry.).

anyway, if you have 20 extra minutes in the kitchen (this is easy enough to do while you’re cooking dinner), i urge you to try this salad.

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i don’t think you’ll regret it.


do you bring lunches from home or do you buy your lunch?

i always pack my lunches, but brad is super lucky and has time to come home every day for his lunch hour and eat at home. i’d enjoy not having to worry about packing my lunches the night before. it doesn’t take long, but it seems like a hassle sometimes.

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