Grain Salad with Chili Lime Dressing, might be better than Chipotle?

June 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

I am obsessed with grain salads this summer. And they are such a great thing to eat right after a run (my other new obsession). I just have to show you the trail.


Something in Columbus I might actually miss one day: The Olentangy Trail. It’s beautiful.

My last grain salad tasted like a Chipotle Burrito Bowl. I was looking for something to make with cucumber, but more exciting than traditional tabouleh. And this recipe called for so many things I just happened to have, with just a few modifications. I took it as a sign and threw it together. The dressing is AMAZING and I will definitely use it again even for just regular salads.


For the dressing:

  • 1 small can of green chilis
  • 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon local honey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt

To finish the salad:

  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth (or water)*
  • 1 cup harvest grains blend (or you could use your favorite grain, even rice!)*
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • Cucumbers (optional)

*Cook grains according to package, but substitute the veggie broth for the water.

While the grains cook, make the dressing. In a mixing bowl, combine the green chilis with the juice of the lime. Add the chili powder, cumin, and honey.  Whisk together while gradually adding the olive oil to the consistency you like. (You don’t have to use it all.) Season to taste with the salt.


Then add the the black beans, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and chives.


Add the grains, then stir to combine everything! I ate it right away but it’s the best once it’s been refrigerated for about 30 minutes.


The cucumber is used for serving. You can cut them in half the long way, scoop the seeds out and then place the grains in the cucumber “bowl”. It’s very cute and fun, but Steve and I both thought he huge amount of cucumber took away from the other flavors.

*adapted from My Kitchen Addiction

You should try it!


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