The challenge was to make a tasty salad out of this grain mix I picked up at the grocery store last week. This mix has 5 grains - spelt, barley, rice, kamut wheat and whole oats. I just cooked it according to the package instructions. Approximately 5 cups cooked.
The add-ins: grated carrot(1), finely chopped green onions(4), red peppers(1), celery(1 stalk), parsley(small hand full), dried cranberries(1/2 cup), toasted chopped walnuts(1/2 cup).
Toss well with maple balsamic dressing, recipe below. I think this salad rose to the challenge, but I would be interested to hear other opinions should any be brave enough to try making it or altering it to their taste! I think it would be great served on a few baby spinach leaves.
*Maple Balsamic Dressing*
3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 tablespoons lemon juice (1 lemon, juiced)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Whisk vigorously in a large measuring cup and mix well with salad ingredients.