February 06, 2013

10-Minute Whole Grain Salad {Trader Joe's}

I'm not exaggerating when I say this recipe can be made in 10 minutes.  Even if you don't have quick-cook grains from Trader Joe's, you can easily cook the grains ahead of time for this quick salad since they stay fresh for up to 5 days refrigerated.

The components of this salad include veggies, whole grains and an orange ginger dressing.  The recipe comes from Oh She Glows which is based on a Whole Foods Market layered salad.  While the layered salad looks pretty, I prefer the easier one big bowl approach.

The first time I made this salad, I followed Angela's recipe exactly (minus parsley) and I didn't care for it as a raw, cold, crunchy salad. However, as a warm salad with sauteed vegetables, I think it's wonderful.  The dressing is my favorite element!

So are you wondering how these Trader Joe's grains can be cooked so quickly?  Here's what the February 2013 Fearless Flyer says "The grains are cleaned, then cooked with steam, then dried, then cooked a bit more with hot air, then cleaned again and packed.  This process preserves the nutritive values of the grains, while cutting their cooking time from 30-50 minutes down to 10."



  1. I had no idea TJ's sold 10 minute grains. That's my biggest gripe about barley!

  2. I can always count on you to enlighten me about the latest great find at Trader Joe's!

  3. Looks awesome to me! Bet that would be delish with quinoa too :)