Thursday, June 14, 2012

Moroccan Three Grain Salad

I love whole grains! That should not come as a surprise to my regular readers, as I sometimes forget there are other food groups. Anyway, I love grains so much I decided to combine three of them into a yummy salad. Well, technically, quinoa is a seed - but for the purposes of this recipe I'm calling it a grain.

So, three grains and some tasty Moroccan seasoning and you've got a wonderful and FILLING side dish. This one is fiber central so a little will fill you up really fast.

I added some delicious dried apricots (thanks Caroline!) and pistachios. A intense mix of Moroccan seasonings gives the dish some kick without overpowering the nutty flavors of the grains. I deliberately kept the spices mild and used some lemon zest and juice to blend the flavors together. The result is a wonderful main or side dish that will last you a few days with ample leftovers.

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3 cups of water
1/2 cup pearled barley
1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 cup bulgur
1/2 cup pistachios, chopped
1/2 cup apricots, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt

1. In a small bowl, mix together all spices
2. Bring water to a boil.
3. Stir in barley, return to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low
4. Simmer barley for 15 minutes
5. Add quinoa and bulgur, cover and simmer for another 10-12 minutes
6. Remove grains from heat, stir in spice mix, lemon zest and lemon juice
7. Cool grains
8. Add chopped pistachios, apricots and parsley
9. Serve cool

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At June 15, 2012 at 12:40 AM , Blogger Foodie Stuntman said...

I've never tried bulgur. Is there another food that tastes similar?

At June 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM , Blogger Baker Street said...

Love bulgur and this recipe is exquisite! I must try this out over the weekend. :)

At June 15, 2012 at 8:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks tasty, especially with the cardamom!

At June 15, 2012 at 8:33 AM , Blogger Dara Reppucci said...

I think it has a similar texture to whole wheat couscous. So that would be my comparison. It also has a slightly nutty flavor.

At June 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM , Blogger Isabelle said...

Sounds so wonderful and healthy! I love the idea of using pearl barley as a salad grain... it's an underused ingredient in my kitchen, particularly in the summer, so I'm always looking for new things I can make with it.

At June 15, 2012 at 1:54 PM , Blogger Jenn Kendall said...

i love all those seasonings in this! sounds so delicious and flavorful!

At June 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Yum, this sounds amazing! I absolutely love whole grains, too. The different flavors all sound amazing - definitely bookmarking this recipe :)

At June 16, 2012 at 8:46 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

Oh, yum! I love this combination of grains...I could easily eat this for lunch :)

At June 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the idea of using a mixture of different grains. I definitely need to branch out and try more than just quinoa!

At June 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I love this salad idea! Did you use fresh or dried apricots?


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