For the past two weeks hubby and I have gone from eating meat and dairy almost every day to eating it once a week. Boy let me tell you it hasn’t been easy. The meat hasn’t been that difficult to give up but eggs and dairy has been a whole difficult story. I never realized how much I love eggs and milk. The good thing about giving up animal products is that we’ve started exploring all sorts of different veggies and grains.
I have a fondness for grocery store bulk bins which is one of the reasons I like Whole Foods. Aside from the cost savings, I love being able to buy only what I need. Somehow every time I go in there, I end up in the sections with the grains buying little bags of different things I want to try at some point.They sell every type of grain you can imagine many of which I’ve never tasted (or heard of for that matter). Since we aren’t eating meat, I figured it was time to start cooking some of those grains I keep buying.
This salad could be made with any combination of fruits and veggies. The tangy-sweet dressing would work with grapes, pineapple, or sweet citrus fruits. If you want to add some crunch, add a handful of walnuts or almonds. Sprinkle a little blue cheese on to add some extra tang.
Fruity Three Grain Salad
This recipe was adapted from Betty Crocker Whole Grains: Easy Everyday Recipes
- 5 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup uncooked wheat berries
- 1/2 pearled barley
- 1/3 long grain brown rice
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 3 stalks of celery, diced
- 2 large carrots, diced
- 1 cup diced apple
- 1/3 cup toasted walnuts (optional)
- 1/4 crumbled blue cheese (optional)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 canola oil
- 1/3 cider vineger
- 1 large shallot, grated
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 clove garlic, pressed or diced fine
- In a large pot, heat water and wheat berries to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Mix in brown rice and barley. Cover and simmer for 50 minutes or until grains are tender.
- Mix dressing ingredients together in a small container and set aside.
- When grains are done, drain if there’s liquid left in the pot.
- Mix dressing and remaining ingredients with grains. Refrigerate for a couple of hours until chilled.