Hi friends! Whew, what a whirlwind week it’s been, but I’m back again today with this delicious, protein-packed grain salad that I KNOW you’re going to just love.
But before we get to that, can we first talk about the fact that we’re leaving for our honeymoon TOMORROW!?! I cannot believe this day is finally here! Tomorrow evening we’ll be on a red-eye to London, off for two weeks of gallivanting (and eating our way) through London, Paris, Cannes, and Nice. If you have any recommendations or favorites from any of those cities, please send them my way— we’re always on the lookout for tried and true places. Ohh and if you want to follow along, be sure to follow me on Instagram for probably too many travel pics 🙂
Ok, now onto the star of this post, this Grilled Avocado + Tomato Grain Salad!
Have you ever heard of Village Harvest before? They were brand new to me before this recipe, but I am SO in love with their products now! They make a variety of blends of rice, grains, and lentils that work so beautifully together and are packed with nutrient-rich whole ingredients.
And I just love Village Harvest’s focus on sustainability for both our planet and local communities. They donate 1% of their profits to programs that support local farmers and communities from which they source their products, and 1% of their employees time to charitable organizations and sustainability efforts! How cool?!
Right now, they have three different varieties of blends: Organic Antioxidant Blend, Organic Ancient Grain Blend, and Organic Protein Blend. You can currently shop for their products on the Village Harvest Online Shop, but you can also fill out a product request form to have them available at your local grocery store.
I used the Organic Protein Blend for this recipe and it was outstanding! Packed with brown jasmine rice, lentils, and red quinoa, it was such a wonderful texture and, obviously, loaded with protein.
Now that we’ve got the grains down, let’s talk about these toppings!
I’ve been craving all that fresh, summer produce lately, so I incorporated some of my favorites into this salad. I started with some grilled avocado and tomatoes, obvs.
Ummm have you ever grilled your avocados before?? It is a game changer.
And, like, seriously easy. I just grilled them on my grill pan at home with a little bit of olive oil, but I’m sure they would taste even better on a charcoal grill— so smoky and tender. And grilled tomatoes, well they are just pure magic. I’m sure you already knew that. So juicy and vibrant, and a perfect compliment to these nutty grains.
I topped the whole salad off with lots of fresh cilantro (because…. cilantro) and a zesty cilantro lime vinaigrette that brightens up the whole dish.
And we can’t forget the pickled red onions! I made my own at home (see the recipe link below), but you can also use store bought ones if you’re short on time. They add such a beautiful, vibrant zing to the dish, melding all the flavors into one perfect zesty bite.
This salad would certainly make an amazing side dish at your next picnic or barbecue, but we tend to eat it as a protein-packed lunch or quick weeknight dinner. Hope you guys enjoy!
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