My. Favorite. Salad. Ever. You’ll be addicted to it like me in no time. I’m so excited to finally post the recipe for this lamb’s lettuce with oranges and grains. You know why? Because this salad is DREAMY. I do not exaggerate – and once you’ve tried this salad, aka only the best salad ever, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
I’ll do a pro and cons list about this salad for you and you can decide whether it’s worth giving it a try. Ok?
So, obviously let’s start with the pros since I love this salad so much.
- It reminds me of all the hip places in Cambridge and Boston where you can get all kinds of variations of grain salads and salad bowls. Yum. Now, living in Vienna, I really miss the variety.
- Layers and texture. This salad combines a lot of different textures: Soft lamb’s lettuce, hearty bulgur (or whatever grain you pick), juicy orange, crisp cabbage, and crunchy toasted almonds and coconut flakes. Yes! Toasted coconut flakes are incredibly delicious in this salad. Don’t omit them!
- A celebration for the taste buds. This salad is a mix of well-tuned flavors. Basil-fresh bulgur meets slightly bitter red cabbage, meets sweet-tangy oranges, meets salty feta, and the peppery taste of micro greens.
- It keeps you full. Very often, salads for lunch have one large downside: They make you full for a minute and then leave you craving something else. I added some filling carbs that keep you full for a quite some time. Bye, bye chocolate in my desk drawer.
- The perfect to-go salad. Have you ever been pondering what you could eat at work for lunch without having to spend a lot of money or having a sad desk lunch? Well, this is it. Simply put the ingredients in a large glass jar in the following order: Bulgur, orange slices, cabbage, lamb’s lettuce, feta, nuts/seed/coconut flakes. Keeping the vinaigrette in a separate small jar will avoid the lettuce to wilt. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
- Adaptable & versatile. You don’t have bulgur at home? No worries. Simply use brown rice, barley, couscous or any other grain. I often omit the red cabbage if I don’t have any at home as well. Only a small amount is needed, so I don’t bother to buy it just to make this salad. Ditto for the microgreens. I often substitute a not-too-sweet granola (like this) or any other toasted seeds for the toasted almonds and coconut.
- A perfectly balanced mix. This salad is a combination of my favorite flavors and textures. All the different ingredients supply you with vitamins and nutrients and at the same time keep you full. You get the whole package.
- It’s a feel good salad. This salad is right in between these skinny, leafy salads that don’t keep you full at all and those heavy mayo-laden pasta or potato salads. After enjoying it, you are full, and you feel healthy and energized. Simply good.
If you don’t like lamb’s lettuce: Watch out, this salad contains lamb’s lettuce! Sorry for the bad joke. I couldn’t think of any cons.
I hope that I’m able to convince you to try out the recipe. Enjoy!
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