I have a confession to make: I am not too big on salads. At least not on what most cultures refer to as salad. You know the typical one, involving lettuce and other stuff in it? Now I think my disregard for this meal is that it doesn't offer much, if you consider your typical salad such as the Caesar's salad. I will admit that sometimes, salads can be very adventurous, fully packed with unlikely ingredients such as mandarins or apples and nuts among other things. When they are fully loaded like that I have hard time saying no, because they look (and taste) like a real meal! Or maybe my disregard for the traditional salad comes from me being spoiled all these years by my mom's cooking, which, in the typical Eastern European fashion offers a different twist to the salad. No lettuce hanging around. Instead you have this big bowl filled with different veggies - some of them steamed, some of them raw - and starches, which resembles more to a full meal than to a salad.

The point of this rambling is this: today we will not be making the typical, lettuce styled salad. We will embrace the Eastern European culture and dive in into a rich - yet how flavorful! salad.

I came up with this salad while making dinner for my friends on Saturday. I had everything ready when I realized I needed a sort of salad to compliment the meal. And so I dived in, pulling from memory different types of combinations my mom used in the kitchen and adding my own personal touch in the aspect of the couscous medley. This salad hasn't lived long enough on this planet and it has already been the star at my table. I promise you, you and your loved ones will fall over for this very easy and delicious salad. Bonus point? You can make it in advance, and store in an airtight dish in the fridge for a week! It makes for a great lunch or late afternoon "snack" and will keep you on track if, like me, you are trying to keep your healthy eating habits.

Makes for 6 servings.

  • Radishes (~6)
  • Pears (1 or 2)
  • Green onions (~ 4)
  • Cherry tomatoes (1/2 cup whole)*
  • Trader Joe's Harvest Grains blend (1 cup)**
  • Sunflower seed oil (~2 tbsp)***
  • Feta cheese (optional)
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  1. Cook your grains according to package instructions. 
  2. While your grains are cooking, wash your vegetables and cut them into small pieces: slice the radishes, cube the pears, chop the green onions and half your cherry tomatoes.
  3. Once the grains are cooked, transfer them into a bowl and add all your cut vegetables and fruit. With a big spoon mix them through until everything is well mixed. At this stage you can try and see if your salad needs any salt or pepper. 
  4. Sprinkle a little bit of sunflower seed oil and feta cheese.
  5. Serve hot or cold.

* Cherry tomatoes can also be replaces (or combined!) with red and yellow bell-peppers. 
** If you don't have Trader Joe's Harvest Grain blend, you can substitute it  with rice or make your own blend! This blend mixes couscous with split peas, baby chickpeas and quinoa.
*** You can use any type of vegetable oil (or olive oil). Or you can skip oil at all!

As always, if you do try this recipe, please let me know how you liked it. You can always add your own twist and share the results with me on any social media!


  1. To be honest.. I hate lettuce! I never buy it, it just doesn't taste very well. There are so many other ways to make a salad more interesting.. This looks delicious, Colette :)

  2. Helene!!! Oh my! I'm so happy to read you again! *Gives virtual hug* And yes! You are totally right! Lettuce is so boring and not tasty at all!!! (at least not in salads).

  3. This is my problem with salads too! All the lettuce, blegh... and I just never really feel full with it (in come the snacks...). This type of salad looks a lot more appealing! Thanks for sharing your recipe, I might try it some time soon :)

  4. haha I'm glad to see that I am not the only one who isn't fond of lettuce! You should definitely try this one, I promise you will like it (or money back guaranteed! :P)


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