5 Easy Grain Salads that will feed your soul!

Ancient Grain Salad made with farro, wild rice, and quinoa ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

These 5 Easy Whole Grain Salads are hearty, healthy and vegan-friendly. They’e simple enough to pull together for a weeknight dinner, gorgeous enough for special occasions, and the leftovers make the BEST packable lunches!


Grain salads are my favorite way to get a healthy bit of crunch during the cooler months. Whole grains like wheat and rye berries, barley, millet, quinoa, etc., can be cooked in their whole state and then made into wonderful salads that can be served chilled or at room temperature. Unlike green salads, grain salads can be made up to a couple of days in advance, making them perfect for the busy entertaining season. I’ve included some hearty rices in this collection, too, even though rice is technically a grass seed, not a grain. These recipes are great to have on hand when you need to add alternative-diet-friendly dishes to your holiday menus.


Rye and Carrot Salad

rye and carrot salad with fresh dill



Wild Rice Bowl with Watercress and Hazelnuts

wild mushroom and rice salad



Wheat Berry Salad with Beets and Feta

roasted beet grain salad



Black Rice Salad with Roasted Vegetables

black rice salad



Jeweled Tabbouleh Salad

Beautiful fruits and nuts for Jeweled Tabbouleh Salad



tvfgi recommends: Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grains

Bob's Red Mill Whole Grains
I usually buy my whole grains like wheat berries from Bob’s Red Mill because I trust the quality and I know they’re fresh. I avoid supermarket or health food bulk bins because I’ can’t be sure how long they’ve been sitting around, and whole grains spoil easily. If you buy a few bags they can be stored in the freezer until you’re ready to use them.


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    November 9, 2018 at 6:35 am

    We LOVE your Chopped Asparagus Salad recipe! It is delicious and beautiful!

    • Reply
      November 9, 2018 at 6:37 am

      Thanks Pamela, I just saw asparagus at the market the other day, I should make it again. Glad you like it 🙂

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    October 26, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Love all your grain recipes. I just bought another bag of black rice and pinned your salad recipe.

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      October 26, 2018 at 11:15 am

      Thanks Karen, I really feel like grains have gotten a bad name lately, I love them!

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    Chris Scheuer
    October 21, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    I adore beautiful, seasonal, fresh salads like these. Healthy too! I have no idea which to choose first, all are WONDERFUL!

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    October 21, 2018 at 9:58 am

    What a great collection Sue, and for me a reminder that they are still in season, colorful, delicious and healthy! Thank you

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      October 21, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Thanks Alexandra, we can’t give up our salads just because the weather changes, right?

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    October 21, 2018 at 9:45 am

    That black rice salad is calling my name today! What an incredible salad. I could eat it for any meal of the day!

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      October 21, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Isn’t that rice awesome? I can hardly believe how inky black it is.

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    October 21, 2018 at 8:05 am

    So good to be back to see another easy to do and healthy collection ! Thank you Sue !

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      October 21, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Thank you!

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