One of the fundamentals of good health is eating right. We're having a lot of healthy salad including whole grain, lean protein and a lot of flavor! Summertime is a great time to keep healthy salad on hand. This is one of our whole-grain favorites. It’s got tons of texture, and will keep you full for hours. The benefit of all the unmilled whole grain is that it will help regulate blood sugar levels, is cholesterol free, and is great for the heart. Lean protein helps with weight loss, so we’ve added it to this salad. We use lean chicken because we love the low fat, low sodium, simple, and delicious texture it adds to this salad. This salad can be made using any of Organic Grains.com whole grains including sprouted wheat, rye, barley, oat groats, quinoa, and brown rice.
Yield: 8 cups
Prep time: 45 minutes
1 1/2 C Organic Whole Grains Blend (Red Wheat, White Wheat, Rye, Barley, Triticale, Oat Groats)
6 C hot water
1 bag salad greens of your choice, for serving
1/2 C hazelnuts
1 C fresh peaches or nectarines, chopped
2 oz feta or plant-based cheese, crumbled
1/2 C vegetable stock
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp garlic, pressed
2 Tbsp fresh, minced herbs
- To cook the grain, place it in a pressure cooker with 6 C of water and cook on high for 25 minutes
Directions: To cook the grain, place it in a pressure cooker with 6 cups of water and cook on high 25 minutes, natural release. The grain can also be simmered in a covered pot on the stove for approximately 90 minutes over low heat. Drain the grain well. It should make about 5 cups. In a medium bowl, combine the salad dressing ingredients. The use of vegetable stock greatly reduces the amount of oil normally used in a vinaigrette. Whisk all the ingredients together well and drizzle over your grains. Add the chicken, nuts, cheese and fruit.
Nutritional information: 212 calories, 8 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber, 29 low impact carbohydrates, and 13 grams of protein! Serve this on a bed of salad greens and you have a hearty, filling and healthy meal!