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THREE-GRAIN SALAD with FRESH ASPARAGUS & CITRUS-HERB SAUCE

THREE-GRAIN SALAD with FRESH ASPARAGUS & CITRUS-HERB SAUCE

THREE-GRAIN SALAD with FRESH ASPARAGUS & CITRUS-HERB SAUCE

THREE-GRAIN SALAD with FRESH ASPARAGUS & CITRUS-HERB SAUCE

A trio of grains pair well with a lively citrus and herb combo. Don't shy away from the long list of ingredients, as this comes together quickly for a healthy, full meal deal!

Ingredients

  • SALAD BASE
  • 1 cup wheat berries, farro or barley, cooked according to pkg directions
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked according to pkg directions
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked according to pkg directions
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, cut into 2" pieces
  • 1/2 bunch green onions, julienned
  • 1/2 red pepper, julienned
  • 2 cups shredded or diced chicken, leftover steak or pork
  • CITRUS VINAIGRETTE
  • 1 Tbsp each-fresh squeezed orange & lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. white or red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp each- fresh orange & lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • Whisk to combine first 8 ingredients; mix well. Slowly incorporate oils; whisk until emulsified. Makes approx. 1/2 cup. This dressing works well on mixed greens like kale, romaine or iceberg. Also great as a finishing feature drizzle to fresh roasted vegetables.
  • HERB SAUCE
  • 2 cups fresh herb leaves (parsley, cilantro, basil)
  • 3 green onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup combo of extra virgin olive oil & canola oil

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except oils in food processor to coarsely chop.
  2. Slowly add oils and extra lemon juice as needed for saucy consistency.
  3. TO ASSEMBLE:
  4. Make vinaigrette and herb sauce separately.
  5. Mix 2-3 Tbsp of sauce into vinaigrette, adjusting quantities as needed.
  6. Toss gently with salad ingredients of cooled grains, prepped vegetables and choice of protein. Serve over a bed of greens, with optional garnishes of avocado or feta cheese.

Notes

The Herb Sauce alone, is a great finish to grilled pork or chicken.

Just 2- 3 Tbsp, combined with the Citrus Vinaigrette, make for an even more complex layer of flavor to this summertime salad.

https://rchospital.com/recipes/three-grain-salad-with-fresh-asparagus-citrus-herb-sauce/

M. Ahren 6/2019

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