Friday, September 30, 2011
Arugula, Radish, and Grains Salad
It was the radishes and arugula that inspired me to take the plunge into not typical US mainstream grains. In our CSA box last week, we got two large bunches of different radishes. My favorite were included---the red ones that when you slice you see pink rings in the middle. I am not a radish fan. I'll eat them in chicken tacos (aahh.....must make those again soon!), but that's about it.
Curtis and I loved this. I didn't even offer it to our kids. I figure once it's on the table a few more times, I'll have them taste it. By then, they'll be used to seeing it and it won't seem so strange. Plus, if I shared, then I wouldn't have any for lunch for myself today. I also shared some with my in-laws and they thought it was pretty good.
I made a half recipe which easily served 4 - 6 people as a side. The amounts included are my half recipe amounts.
Arugula, Radish and Grains Salad
adapted slightly from Amanda Hesser on food52.com
1 c mixed grains, like farro, freekah, wheatberries, wild rice, quinoa, and/or pearl barley (I used wild rice, farro, and quinoa)
3/4 - 1 c arugula, torn if on the larger side, long stems trimmed off
1/2 c parsley leaves, chopped
1/4 c mint leaves, thinly sliced (cut in a chiffonade)
1/4 lb pecans
2 T hazelnut oil (or walnut oil, hazelnut was just what I had on hand)
2 T red wine vinegar
1/2 - 3/4 c radishes, cut as thinly as possible (a mandoline makes this easier)
2 T olive oil
1/4 c raisins
1/4 c dried cranberries
Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. If using wild rice and wheat berries, add those first and cook for 10 minutes. Add whatever remaining grains you are using and cook an additional 25 minutes or until just tender. Drain the grains in a fine colander (if your holes are too big, the quinoa will all escape with the hot water) and set aside until just warm to the touch. Combine the grains with the rest of the ingredients in a medium-large serving bowl and toss well. Season with salt to taste (if you heavily salted the water, you probably won't need to add any extra salt).