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Grain Salads For Weekday Lunches

First Posted: 11/02/2011 12:15 pm   Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am

Boring lunch no more! If you're sick of the same old lunch, try a hearty grain salad. These salads are not only great to eat, they're good for you too. Since they're packed with protein and fiber, you'll have energy throughout the day and won't be ravenous in the afternoon. Grains like barley, buckwheat, quinoa, farro and wheat are made so much more interesting when they're combined with vegetables and flavorful dressings. Quickly toss together one of these recipes -- you can even used leftover roasted or grilled vegetables from dinner the night before -- and break up the monotonous lunch routine. We have a different grain salad for each day of the working week.

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  • Monday: Warm Farro Salad With Braised Radishes

    Farro is an Italian grain that's related to spelt. It has a nice chewy texture. Here it's combined with braised radishes, fresh celery, pancetta and goat cheese for a very rewarding meal. <strong>Get the Recipe for <a href="" target="_hplink">Warm Farro Salad with Braised Radishes</a></strong>

  • Tuesday: Lemony Quinoa Salad With Shaved Vegetables

    Though quinoa looks nearly like couscous, it's actually a grain packed with protein. Shaved carrots, radishes and fennel top this lemony quinoa salad. <strong>Get the Recipe for <a href="" target="_hplink">Lemony Quinoa Salad with Shaved Vegetables</a></strong>

  • Wednesday: Barley And Grilled Vegetable Salad

    Pearl barley is a type of barley that's had its hull and bran removed, leaving a rice-like grain. Add some leftover grilled vegetables and grated cheese to make this a flavorful meal. <strong>Get the Recipe for <a href="" target="_hplink">Barley and Grilled Vegetable Salad</a></strong>

  • Thursday: Kasha With Balsamic Roasted Vegetables And Toasty Walnuts

    Kasha or buckwheat groats, as it is also known, is a flavorful grain that's considered gluten-free. Here it's paired with roasted onions, carrots and tomatoes -- they all turn exceptionally sweet in the oven with the help of balsamic vinegar. <strong>Get the Recipe for <a href="" target="_hplink">Kasha with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Toasty Walnuts</a></strong>

  • Friday: Lemony Bulgur Salad With Shrimp And Spinach

    Bulgur is a form of cracked wheat that's been steamed before packaging. You don't even need to cook it -- just soak it. To turn it into this main meal, toss with cooked shrimp, spinach leaves and sliced radishes. <strong>Get the Recipe for <a href="" target="_hplink">Lemony Bulgur Salad with Shrimp and Spinach</a></strong>

  • How To Cook Whole Grains


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