Rabbit Food that Tastes Good

March 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm 4 comments

There is a standing joke among a few of my friends that I eat “rabbit food.” Just because my favorite food group is vegetables and have compulsive buying problems when produce goes on sale does not mean that my food is fit for bunnies.  Vegetables should never be bland! Health food is not the twigs and grass salads of old… Just ask my friends in my Bible study who enjoyed this salad with me! On first glance, it is a healthy shade of brown, and there are pieces of veggies sticking out of every spoonful. However, this salad is addictive. One guy told his wife, “See, I could eat something like this every night of the week!” Everyone loved it so much they asked for the recipe – good thing I took a few pictures to post on my blog. ;)

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The salad was inspired by a Google search of Israeli cous cous salads, which led me to the Food Network. It combined some of my favorite summer veggies and flavors, and I could not pass up the craving since summer weather was premature in Boston this past week! (80+ degrees on Thursday, in Boston, in March?!) I decided to adapt it to use roasted instead of grilled veggies, and added some wheat berries for extra texture. This was such a good idea – the chewiness added a lot of depth to the texture of this salad. The result is a filling and healthy salad that will never be mistaken for “rabbit food” again! The leftovers are even better as the flavors come together, and are great over mixed salad greens for a little extra veg!

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Great Grains Salad with Summer Vegetables

adapted from this recipe, serves 8-10

2 cups Harvest Grains Isreali cous cous blend

1 cup wheat berries

1/4 cup +3 T Balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

2 T Dijon mustard

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-2 inch pieces

1 small yellow squash, roughly diced

1 small zucchini, roughly diced

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

2 T dried basil

2 T dried parsley

salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine garlic, olive oil, 1/4 cup of the vinegar, and 1 T of the mustard. Stir to combine. Add cut vegetables and coat; let sit for 15-20 minutes. Spread vegetables onto a greased baking sheet, reserving leftover marinade. Roast vegetables for 10-15 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Meanwhile, prepare the cous cous blend and wheat berries, separately according to package instructions. Mix the grains, vegetables and remaining marinade together. Allow to cool. Before serving, mix together the remaining 3 T vinegar with 1 T mustard. Dress the salad, add the dried herbs, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate and serve cold or room-temperature

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Leslie Jacobs  |  April 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve just found your blog and am bookmarking you immediately! I will be making the Great Grains Salad with Summer Vegetables this week and plan on checking out your many other suggestions. Please keep the good food coming!!

    Reply
    • 2. homemadeadventure  |  April 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      I am so glad you found something to try! Hope you like it and let me know how it turns out :)

      Reply
  • 3. Regina  |  April 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    make it tonight. but used quinoa and bulgar instead since I didn’t have couscous or wheat berries. Dave loved it, but I like the couscous better!

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    • 4. homemadeadventure  |  April 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Glad you made this, Reg! The quinoa and bulgur sound like good subs – glad Dave liked it!

      Reply

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