5 Greatest Grain Salads

Barley Corn Salad
Barley Corn Salad

With their nutty taste, mild flavor, and irresistible chewy texture, whole grains are a fitting canvas for salads because they harmonize with the bright, fresh flavors we enjoy most.

Start with recipes with lots of herbs and vegetables, like this bulgur salad, as a basis for customizing your own grain salad. Stir in leftover chicken or shrimp to vary the flavor if you prefer.

 

5 Greatest Grain Salads

 

5.Cranberry-Pecan Wheat Berry Salad

Cranberry-Pecan Wheat Berry Salad
Cranberry-Pecan Wheat Berry Salad

I love to experiment with different grains and wanted to give wheat berries a try. My whole family goes nuts for this salad, especially my mom. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York Get Recipe

 

4.Great Grain Salad

Great Grain Salad
Great Grain Salad

I can’t think of a better dish to round out a meal. My grain salad features all my favorite nuts, seeds, and fruits. Try adding grilled chicken to make it a meal on its own. —Rachel Dueker, Gervais, Oregon Get Recipe

 

3.Jambalaya Rice Salad

Jambalaya Rice Salad
Jambalaya Rice Salad

My cold rice salad has a little hint of spice for a classic jambalaya-style kick. Shrimp, tomatoes, ham, and peppers give it bright colors and a delightful texture. —Karen Rahn, Hixon, Tennessee Get Recipe

 

2.Mediterranean Bulgur Salad

Mediterranean Bulgur Salad
Mediterranean Bulgur Salad

Whether it’s health or taste you’re after, it doesn’t get any better than this –bulgur, beans, tomatoes pine nuts and olive oil team up in this vegetarian main dish salad. CW’s food editor, Wendy Stenman, created this just for The Healthy Kitchen. Get Recipe

 

1.Barley Corn Salad

Barley Corn Salad
Barley Corn Salad

A great alternative to pasta salads, this colorful side dish adds refreshing herb flavor to corn, barley, and red and green peppers. Bring it to your next get-together and see how fast it disappears! —Mary Ann Kieffer of Lawrence, Kansas Get Recipe