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Grain Salad with Scallion Dressing

This vegetarian recipe combines hearty grains with crunchy nuts, creamy chickpeas and a roasted-scallion dressing.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 2 large bunches of scallions (about 7 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup bulgur wheat
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup unsalted roasted almonds, chopped
  • One 15-ounce can chickpeas—drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Chop all but 2 of the scallions. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the chopped scallions with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Roast for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the scallions are tender and lightly charred in spots.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan of boiling water, cook the quinoa and bulgur together until just tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain well and spread the grains on a baking sheet to cool.
  3. Transfer the scallions to a food processor. With the machine on, drizzle in the remaining 1/2 cup of olive oil. Add 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, bulgur, almonds, chickpeas, onion and parsley. Add the roasted-scallion dressing and the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and toss well. Season with salt and pepper. Thinly slice the remaining 2 scallions, scatter on top and serve.

Make Ahead

The dressing can be refrigerated overnight.

Contributed By Photo © Christina Holmes Published May 2013

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