April 8, 2014

Recipe: Harvest Grains Salad with Feta and Spinach

This recipe came from our friends Kaylee + John who made it for a Superbowl party. I've had it saved in my phone and had been meaning to re-create it and I finally got that chance over the weekend. Originally made with quinoa, I ended up switching up some ingredients based on what I had in the kitchen. I used the Harvest Grains Blend from Trader Joe's that had been sitting in my pantry for a few months now, just waiting to be used. The blend mixes together Israeli couscous, split dried garbanzo beans, orzo and quinoa - super hearty and filled with good whole grains. 

This salad is good just on its own - I've been piling it with spinach and love the salty crunches of cashew with the sweetness of the raisins. Make a whole batch on Sunday and you've got lunch for the rest of the week! 

Harvest Grains Salad with Feta and Spinach
  • 2 cups cooked Trader Joe's Harvest Grains Blend, cooled (Quinoa would be good too!)
  • 1 cup golden raisins or cranberries
  • 1 cup cashews, broken into pieces
  • 4 oz of feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2-3 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped

for the dressing:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp water
  • salt and pepper, to taste 

Mix the cooled Harvest Grains, raisins, cashews and feta up. For the dressing, whisk up all the ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour dressing over the salad mix and stir to combine. When ready to serve, stir in the spinach. Makes 5-6 large portions.