Grain Salads

Farro, buckwheat and quinoa are just a handful of the grains we like to add to savory salads. Whole grains are a great way to bulk up a simple green salad, and can even add protein and fiber. This eggplant and lentil salad gets tossed with bulgur, cucumber and tomato to become a very satisfying meal—if you’re not a vegetarian, you could add grilled chicken or shrimp to bulk it up even more, or serve the salad as a healthy side dish. If you’re less adventurous, try this superfood-packed version of a basic Caesar salad. With kale, farro, rye bread croutons and a tofu-based dressing, we don’t think this salad could get any healthier. Find these recipes and more in F&W’s guide to grain salads.

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Salads with Grains

These hearty salad recipes include bulgur salad with lightly roasted vegetables and quinoa salad with pickled radishes and feta.

Quinoa, Corn and Black Bean Salad

In summer, make this with fresh, sweet corn; frozen corn works fine in the winter. Slideshow:  Salads with Grains 

Paprika Chicken and Bulgur Salad

Perfectly spiced chicken and bulgur salad for lunch or dinner. Make it one day ahead for more flavor. Slideshow:  Bulgur Recipes 

Tunisian Couscous Salad with Grilled Sausages

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We like to use a combination of sweet and hot Italian sausages here for alternating bites of mild and spicy, but don't feel limited by our preferences. Use your own favorite, and grill, broil, or even sauté it—whatever seems easiest to you. Slideshow:  More Terrific Salads 

Rice Salad with Paprika Shrimp

Cold grain salads are an ideal backdrop for all kinds of seafood, which Joyce Goldsten likes to serve hot for contrast. She prefers to use basmati rice, as it holds it shape for a long time. Cooked mussels and squid work well as alternatives to shrimp, or serve all three together. Amazing Seafood Recipes

More Grain Salads

Garlic, Edamame and Quinoa Salad

This garlicky edamame and quinoa salad is a fabulous throw-together meal that takes only 30 minutes to make. Slideshow:  30-Minute Recipes 

Farro Salad with Turnips and Greens

To get the most out of turnips, Tamar Adler buys them with their greens attached and then uses both parts in this hearty grain salad. If the turnip greens aren’t sufficient, or if they’re unavailable, she supplements them with any combination of other leafy greens. Slideshow: Great Grain Salads