This herb and grain salad with peas and feta is a quick, healthy and filling lunch and also a great side dish for grilled halloumi or fish! It’s really easy to make and is also perfect for take-out!
Spring is just around the corner. Whoop whoooooop!!
And with it, lots and lots of delicious fruits and veggies! I always get a huge craving for refreshing dishes and salads with these warm temperatures. Are you feeling the same way?
This simple herb and grain salad with peas and feta is right up my wave. Filling spelt (or wheat) rice, green peas, fresh celery, crisp apple pieces and lotsss of herbs.
All good. All very good!
BUT the best part of this salad is the dressing. It’s made out of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey and even more herbs. Cause herbs are the BEST, right?!! Everything together is finely pureed with a blender and makes an irresistibly good green dressing.
Tips & tricks for preparing this herb and grain salad with peas and feta:
- You can basically use any “al dente” rice. I like spelt or wheat rice best. It has a great texture and tastes slightly nutty. So, so good. The rice is cooked in vegetable broth for 20-25 minutes until soft. After it cooled to room temperature you can prepare the salad.
(Note: in the photos you can see a “raw” wheat. However, this must soak overnight and cook the next day for at least 1.5-2 hours. Spelt rice is therefore a little better suited for this recipe, because it is prepared faster).
- Herbs, herbs, herbs. There almost can’t be too many. For real. I chose parsley and basil. However, dill, cress or cilantro also fit wonderfully!
- Use fresh lemons for the dressing if possible. Of course, bottled lemon juice also works. But this tastes by farrr not as fresh, “real” and sweet-sour.
- I highly recommend to make double the amount of the herb dressing. Maybe you already like to use it for this herb and grain salad. If not, it will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days. Now that the salad season is starting, there’s nothing better than having a dressing ready to hand in the fridge. 🙂