Warm Greens & Grains Salad

  • 35min
    prep time
  • 35min
    total time
  • 3

Tender grains and wholesome greens make for a salad that pays homage to Mediterranean flavors in a uniquely delicious way. Toss it together. Add Tillamook Cheese. Serve it as a Sunday dinner main course, or as a side along with roasted beef or lamb.

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  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • For the salad:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 1 small butternut squash, cut into cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup dried freekeh or other heritage grain (such as kamut, barley, or farro)
  • 1 large bunch lacinato kale, cut into thin ribbons
  • ½ can artichoke hearts in water, drained and halved
  • 24 pitted green olives, sliced
  • 1 handful parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup marcona almonds, chopped (plus a few whole ones as garnish)
  • 12 pitted dates, chopped
  • ½ cup Tillamook Monterey Jack Cheese, cut into ¼ cubes
  • Step 1

    To make the dressing, combine ingredients in a bowl and whisk. Set aside.

  • Step 2

    In a pan, heat oil on medium. Add shallots and sauté until translucent.

  • Step 3

    Add the cubed butternut squash pieces to pan and cook, stirring regularly, until squash is lightly browned. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and let cook until the squash is tender, 10 to 20 minutes depending on how big you cut the pieces. Season to taste with salt and pepper, remove pan from heat, and set aside.

  • Step 4

    Cook grains according to package directions. Drain.

  • Step 5

    While grains are still hot, toss them with the kale ribbons in a large salad or mixing bowl.

    Tip Be sure the grains are still hot from cooking when you toss them with the kale! The heat will wilt the tough fibers of the kale just enough to make them easier to chew but not leave them totally limp!
  • Step 6

    Add about ¼ cup dressing and toss.

  • Step 7

    Add artichoke hearts, olives, parsley, chopped almonds, and dates, toss to combine. Toss in cubed cheese.

  • Step 8

    Transfer salad to a serving platter if desired and drizzle with more dressing to taste. Garnish lightly with whole almonds and serve!

    Tip This dressing is pretty addictive, save the rest for future salads, veggie platters, or to dress up grilled meats!

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