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Grain-Based Salads That Seriously Satisfy

Filling Non-Salad Salads

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Not another #saddesksalad! Whether you're in a salad rut or just looking for something a little more filling and satisfying, these grain-based salads will fit the bill. Bases like farro, barley, quinoa, and orzo (yeh, it's a pasta, we know) are layered with familiar and surprising salad toppings that together will leave you full longer, and help you avoid that mid-afternoon need to munch. (Be sure to try these 10 New Ways to Eat Quinoa too.)

Greek Shrimp Farro Bowl

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If you've never given farro a try, this pretty bowl of goodness will have you stopping by the grocery store on your way home tonight. Farro has basically zero fat, is a great source of fiber, and even better source of bone-boosting calcium. It's a little denser than brown rice and is a bit more substantial than quinoa. This Greek Shrimp Farro Bowl takes only 35 minutes to make—perfect for meal-prep days. Obsessed? Try these Healthy Recipes Featuring High-Fiber Foods.)

Photo: Impromptu Kitchen

Winter Kale and Wild Rice Salad

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The perfect mix of light and filling, this Winter Kale and Wild Rice Salad makes for a satisfying lunch that will get you through a long day. Play around with your ingredients, like swapping kale for arugula, and apple for pear. Bonus: It's vegan and gluten free.

Related: 10 New Ways to Eat Kale

Photo: Recipe Runner

Green Goddess Glow Bowl

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Although we can't promise that you'll become a goddess after eating this Green Goddess Glow Bowl, we can predict that you might feel like one! Quinoa and edamame are both standout stars for plant-based protein options. Because let's be honest, sometimes you just can't imagine ordering another chicken salad for lunch.

Photo: The Glowing Fridge

Roasted Cauliflower, Beet, and Farro Salad

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A little of this hearty salad goes a long way. Farro has the sturdiness to stand up to several days in the fridge—making itself readily available for side dishes and this Roasted Cauliflower, Beet, and Farro Salad. Also, is there any better way to eat cauliflower than roasted to crispy perfection? Nope, didn't think so.

Photo: Joy the Baker

Freekeh Salad With Roasted Kale and Cabbage

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This ancient grain (pronounced "free-keh") is super high in both protein and fiber and digests slowly so you won't hear your stomach growl for a 4 p.m. snack. If you're bored with quinoa and brown rice, this Freekeh Salad with Roasted Kale and Cabbage is a warm and delicious way to cook yourself out of the rut.

Photo: Alexandra's Kitchen

Greek Super Grains Salad

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Crunchy veggies like tri-colored bell peppers and cucumber get tossed with chopped tomatoes feta and olives for traditional Greek flavors. Add quinoa (or the grain of your choice) and it's instantly elevated from a snack to this filling Greek Super Grains Salad. A little red wine vinegar and quality olive oil and you're good to go.

Photo: Eats Well With Others

Autumn Glow Salad with Lemon Dressing

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It doesn't have to be fall to eat this Autumn Glow Salad with Lemon Dressing—in fact, we bet it will become a year-round staple in your house. Start with bulgar (or freekah or quinoa), add satisfying cauliflower, starchy sweet potatoes, crisp apples, and a to-die-for lemon dressing for an addicting grain-based salad.

Photo: Pinch of Yum

Pineapple Black Bean Salad

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There's a really good chance you already have the ingredients for this Pineapple Black Bean Salad on hand. A lime vinaigrette made with lime juice, honey, garlic, and olive oil is the perfect way to dress this grain-based salad that's a little bit sweet (thanks to juice pineapple) and a little bit savory (thanks to black beans and bulgar).

Photo: Budget Bytes

Quinoa Tabbouleh

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Traditionally, this Lebanease salad is made using bulgar wheat, but this Quinoa Tabbouleh is entirely gluten free. Everything else is the same, and oh-so-simple: tomatoes, onion, mint, parsley, lemon juice, and a splash of olive oil. Skip the expensive salad bar, and make this healthy recipe at home instead.

Photo: Simple Vegan Blog

Winter Salad with Roasted Grapes and Farro

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Once you try roasted grapes you might never go back. This technique brings out the grapes' natural flavors and sweetness and adds an interesting element to this Winter Salad with Roasted Grapes and Farro. Butternut squash and farro fill you up, and creamy goat cheese and crunchy pecans top it all off!

Photo: Proud Italian Cook


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