39 Whole-Grain Salads
Make whole-grain salads in advance, chill, and enjoy for easy, quick-to-serve lunches and dinners.
Start with recipes with lots of herbs and vegetables, like this bulgur salad, as a basis for customizing your own grain salad. Stir in leftover chicken or shrimp to vary the flavor if you prefer.
This side-dish salad combines several influences: The dates and orange are an Israeli touch; the pecans pay homage to the American South; and the quinoa is a high-protein grain from South America.
View Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Dates, and Orange
Be sure to seek out a sustainable type of tuna. We like Wild Planet's wild albacore tuna in extra-virgin olive oil; a 5-ounce can, once drained, gives you the correct amount here.
View Recipe: Tuna, Olive, and Wheat Berry Salad
What a fantastic combo! If you can't find fresh cherries, add ¼ cup boiling water to ¼ cup dried cherries. Let stand 10 minutes; drain and chop.
View Recipe: Cherry, Chicken, and Pecan Wheat Berry Salad
Whole-grain farro bulks up this hearty Mediterranean salad. If you like the crunch of fresh red onion but not the full pungency, give the slices a 30-second dip in ice water to tame the flavor; drain and toss in the salad.