Apple-Arugula Salad with Grains

  • 3 cups cooked Earthly Grains Quick Cook 5 Grain Mix* (includes spelt, barley, wheat, rice, and wholegrain oats)
  • 1 large honeycrisp apple, chopped
  • ½ cup pitted, chopped dates
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon grainy mustard
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil

Add the cooked grains, chopped apple, dates, walnuts, feta cheese, and arugula to a large bowl. Season the mix with a pinch or two of salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Toss well to combine.

To make the dressing, whisk together the garlic, orange zest, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, cinnamon, salt, and pepper in a small bowl until combined. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until combined.

Add the desired amount of the dressing to the salad ingredients and toss again to coat. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if desired. Serve with extra dressing.

* The Earthly Grains Quick Cook 5 Grain Mix can be purchased at Aldi. If desired, create your own mix of grains and opt for items like rice and quinoa if you are wanting to make a gluten free version of this salad.

  • Yields: 8 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes

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