Three Grain Salad

Friday 18 June 2010

We have company arriving today in the early afternoon, all the way up from Kent for the weekend. I wanted to make something that would go over well for lunch . . . I expect they will be quite hungry after the long drive.

We'll be going out for dinner tonight, but I thought a nice salad with some cold ham would make a tasty and filling lunch. We'll be spending all the afternoon walking around Chester, so some energy will be needed!

I just love the versatility of rice and wheat salads. The rice and wheat create the perfect canvas upon which to create something unique and delicious! This salad uses not one . . . not two . . . but three wholesome grains . . . nutty wheat berries, chewy pearl barley and soft brown rice. A totally delightful combination.

Then you have the added sweet crunch of chopped apple. I like to use red ones because they give the most lovely colour. Apples go very well with raisins, and not so surprisingly red onion! When you add the toasty richness of walnuts and a totally deliciously spiced apple cider vinaigrette, you have a wonderful salad, that is not only very tasty, but also very healthy!

You can keep a smug look on your face while you are eating this one. It's scrummily good for you and quite filling, and . . . with all the complex carbs it holds, this one will keep you going and energized for quite a while!

*Three Grain Salad*
Serves 12
Printable Recipe

This is a delicious salad consisting of three separate grains, brown rice, pearly barley and wheat berries combined with the addition of crunchy apple, sweet raisins, red onion and toasted pecans. The spicy honey vinaigrette dressing sets it all off perfectly!

4 servings of wheat berries, rinsed
4 servings of medium pearl barley, rinsed
4 servings of long grain brown rice, rinsed
vegetable stock cubes
1 to 2 medium sweet red apples, unpeeled, cored and chopped
1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
4 ounces raisins
60g toasted walnuts, chopped

2 ounces oil (1/4 cup)
2 ounces cider vinegar (1/4 cup)
2 TBS runny honey
3/4 tsp grated gingerroot
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp sumac
sea salt and black pepper to taste

Cook each of the grains according to the package directions, using a vegetable stock cube in each pot. When tender, drain well, rinse and drain again. Mix all together in a large bowl. Add the chopped apple, onion and raisins, mixing well.

Whisk together the dressign ingredients. Pour over the salad, tossing to coat. Serve immediately or cover and chill for 2 to 6 hours before serving. Just before serving, fold in the chopped nuts.


  1. This is a good one. I've been looking for a summer salad and have company coming today for the weekend. I will do it. Thanks!

  2. Where does one find wheat berries? I've never seen them?

  3. Ooooh! That looks divine, Marie! I love salads like this....well, I've never seen one just like this--but I know I'll love it! Love a nice wheaty taste and crunch--makes me happy!

    Hope you have a wonderful time with your friends--I know they'll have such a beautiful time with you!

    Much love sent your way, dear friend!


  4. Marie, this is a perfectly lovely salad and would be wonderful straight through till the Fall. Great post!
    xoxo Pattie

  5. Did you create this one for me, Marie?! ;o) This is definitely my kind of salad--love the combination of grains and sweetness of the fruit and spice added too--all around perfect! Happy Day, my friend--LOVE YOU!! OXOX ((BIG HUGS))

  6. This looks like the perfect accompianment to my Father's Day BBQ on Sunday. It looks delicious.

  7. Hi there, I'm new here and soo excited at finding you, another UK blogger, to share the blogasphere with. This salad is a lovely combination of flavour's must try it out!Sharon xx

  8. This looks and sounds delicious. And it's perfect for this girl who needs to watch her cholesterol. (Did you know that barley and oats are grains that sort-of "soak up" bad cholesterol and take it from the body.)

  9. looks wonderful.would be great with salmon, or baked chicken, or bbq ribs and...... (i think so anyway). ill make this one soon!

  10. Marie, when you say "servings" how much is that cup wise? and sumac, is that like a molasses or something? This sounds so good :) Prob couldn't get Cindy to eat it unless I tricked her LOL ~! ((love you\)) Teresa


Thanks for stopping by. I love to hear from you so do not be shy!

Did you make the recipe as directed? Recipe results are not guaranteed when changes have been made.

Is this comment helpful to other readers? Rude or hateful comments will not be approved. Remember that this website is run by a real person.

Are you here to complain about ads? Please keep in mind that I develop these recipes and provide them to you for free. Advertising helps to defray my cost of doing so, and allows me to continue to post regular fresh content.

Thanks so much for your understanding! I appreciate you!