If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a huge fan of grain salads. Why? They’re so effortlessly tasty, healthy, and transportable. All it takes to achieve that award-winning, 3-part combo. is this simple 3-part formula: One part grain + one part protein + one part seasoning. It’s as easy as that.
Grains: First you pick your grain. Let’s say you’re tired of brown rice (as used in this recipe), so then go for quinoa. Or bulgur wheat. Or maybe you even try millet. The list could go on, so even though the 3-part formula essentially stays the same, don’t worry about boredom creeping into the picture.
Proteins: Next, you choose your protein. As with grains, there’s a never-ending list of beans you can deploy. If the common legumes like chickpeas or black beans have your appetite dozing off, then break out of your comfort zone and try something different. One of my new favorites are butter beans. Or you could try lentils, adzuki beans, even edamame. Not feeling the beans? Then go for tofu, seitan, or tempeh, like I settled on for this one.
Seasonings: The last part of the formula is when you let your creative side run wild. Decide whether you want to go for herbs or spices or a combination of both. Determine whether you want a sweet, savory, or spicy vibe to flow from your grain salad. You can choose from cilantro, cocoa, curries, cinnamon, cardamon, caraway seeds, Just those six “c” herbs/spices merely begins to conquer the list of “c’s,” let alone the rest of the alphabetical herb spectrum. The seasoning list is probably the longest of any mentioned yet, so have fun with it!
For my latest grain salad, I went with brown rice, marinated tempeh, and cilantro. Easy. I added avocado, a standard ingredient seen in most of my grain salads, simply because I adore it’s creamy richness. It’s incredible how much WOW! power a few slices of avocado can add to a dish.
So what about you…What’s your favorite grain salad combo.?
- -1 cup cooked brown rice
- -2 strips of Dijon Marinated Tempeh, cubed
- -1/2 Tbsp. vidalia onion, minced
- -1 Tbsp. cilantro, minced
- -1/3 avocado, diced-Soy sauce, splash
- -Hot sauce, optional
- Place rice in a bowl and lightly drizzle with soy sauce. Stir in onion. Top with tempeh, cilantro, avocado, and hot sauce, if desired. Serve.