For me, the most appealing summer recipes are: 1) healthy and light, 2) require little or minimal cooking, 3) easily transportable (suitable for picnics or bringing for lunch at work), and, of course, 4) taste good! The following is not so much of a recipe as it is a highly customizable method for making a healthy, grain-based salad. Start with a grain, and then add any combination of proteins, veggies, crunch, and flavor. Drizzle with a zesty dressing, fresh herbs, salt, and pepper – and you’re good to go! This type of salad is best served at room temperature and the flavor improves after a few hours.

grain salad

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