10-Ingredient Ancient Grains Summer Salad Vegan Recipe

on Monday, 26 June 2017. Posted in Recipes

10-Ingredient Ancient Grains Summer Salad Vegan Recipe

Summer is in full swing and we've got a perfect and filling salad, sure to hit the spot! Welcome this stunning ancient grains dish from The Plant Philosophy food blog. While there are plenty of grain mixes out there to choose from, recipe creator Margaret recommends the ancient grain blend from Vitacost because it contains a healthy mix of non-GMO ingredients including wheat berries (farro, freekah, grano, red wheat), red rice, and rye berries. Feel free to mix it up to suit your taste buds. Have fun with this one and enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 bag ancient grain blend (2 cups) - try the one from Vitacost
6 cups of Water, filtered
1 Seedless Cucumber, diced (2 cups)
1 Orange Bell Pepper, diced (1 cup)
1 cup Roasted Corn, I used a frozen variety
1/4 cup Cilantro or Parsley, diced
1 cup Mixed Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
1/8 cup crushed toasted hazelnuts
1/3 cup mustard vinaigrette, as desired
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions:
1.Bring a large pot of 6 cups of water to a boil. Salt and pour in the 2 cups of ancient grains blend. Give it a stir, let it come back to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 70-75 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
2. While that's going, wash and chop all of your veggies to size. Then, add hazelnuts to a baking sheet and place in the oven at 350 degrees F. Cook for 15-18 minutes, giving it a shake every 5 minutes. You'll know they're ready when the skin becomes a deep brown and they're very fragrant.
3. Remove from the oven, transfer to a double lined paper towel or clean dish towel and begin to massage them. Try twisting the towel shut and work it against your palm in a circular motion. This will remove that bitter skin and keep it mess-free. Discard the skins and give the hazelnuts a fine chop. Set aside until needed.
4. Drain any remaining liquid from the grains and transfer to a very large bowl. Add in the above-mentioned ingredients, give it a toss and season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Add the vinaigrette now or serve it without, so people can dress the salad as they like.
6. Serve with extra cilantro and chopped hazelnuts on top, enjoy.

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