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Harvest Bowl Grain Salad

This delicious and easy harvest bowl grain salad is the perfect thing to make when you want a healthy meal but don't have a lot of time. Plus, you can totally customize it to your liking!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Sweet Potato cubed
  • 1 Bunch of kale
  • 1 Apple cubed
  • 1/2 Avocado cubed
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds slivered
  • 1 Package Grain (your choice) I have a note below of the kind I use
  • 1 Cheese (your choice) I have a note below of the kind I use
  • 1 tbsp Seasoning (your choice) I have a note below of the kind I use
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp Balsamic vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. First, you will peel and cube the sweet potato. Toss in olive oil and your favorite seasoning. My current fave is the Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Seasoning (so good!!). Put them into the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

  2. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, wash and chop your kale. Put in a bowl, lightly drizzle with olive oil and massage the oil into the kale to break down the toughness. Set aside.

  3. Next, cook your grain according to its package. This can be quinoa, brown rice, lentils or some combination of grains. I've been using an amazing new find from Whole Foods - 365 brand spelt, green lentil and long grain brown rice mix. It has a super mild flavor and it cooks in the microwave for just 3 minutes. Once done, pour on top of the kale so the warmth slightly wilts it.

  4. Then, chop up an apple into little cubes. I've been using Honey Crisp because they are sweet and juicy! Add to the bowl on top of the mixture.

  5. Do the same thing with 1/2 the avocado.

  6. Then, throw in the slivered almonds and cheese of your choice. The best one I've found for this is a cheddar goat cheese, but any slightly crumbly cheese will work.

  7. Finally, lightly pour the balsamic vinaigrette dressing over it all and toss the mixture together. Now it's ready to eat!