June's Curried Grain Salad

June Campbell


This recipe is labour intensive but its SO good that its worth the work. The salad is vegan and it could be gluten free depending on the type of dried cranberries you use. The low fat content and the addition of olive oil makes it a healthy-heart choice as well.

I have added other grains from time to time and it always turns out well.

*If using quinoa, be sure to rinse the quinoa very well before cooking. Quinoa has a sour tasting coating that must be rinsed off before you cook it. Also, be sure to drain the cooked quinoa well. It soaks up a lot of water.


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  • 1/2 c
    wild rice
  • 2/3 c
    green or brown lentils
  • 1/2 c
    orzo or quinoa
  • 1/2 c
    currants or dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c
    red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 c
    slivered almonds, toasted

  • 1/4 c
    white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp
    dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    coriander, ground
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    cardamom, ground
  • 1 pinch
  • 1 pinch
    cloves, ground
  • 1 pinch
    cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil

How to Make June's Curried Grain Salad


  1. Wash and cook wild rice in boiling water. Cook rice for 35 to 40 minutes until done. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Cook lentils in pot of boiling water. Check after 20 minutes and remove from heat if cooked. Otherwise, continue cooking, checking every few minutes. (Do not use red lentils. They will turn to mush). Drain and set aside to cool.
  3. Cook orzo or quinoa in boiling water. Orzo cooks in about five minutes; quinoa in about 15 minutes. Drain, set aside to cool.
  4. Wash and plump currants if using. If using dried cranberries,plump if desired and chop. (To plump, pour boiling water over the currents and let stand for five minutes).
  5. Combine rice,lentils, orzo or quinoa,chopped red onion and almonds.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine all dressing ingredients. Mix well, then pour over salad. Toss and chill well before serving.

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About June's Curried Grain Salad

Course/Dish: Other Salads
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Middle Eastern
Other Tag: Healthy

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