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The Suddenly Grain Salad mixes come in three different varieties- Harvest Grains, Southwest Grains, and Tuscan Grains. Each contains it’s own mix-in packet to compliment the flavors. You can also add your own mix-ins from the suggested list. We found it to be delicious as is but it is always nice to have options.
Harvest Grains: brown, wild, and red rice, quinoa, cranberries, almonds, and Blush Wine Vinaigrette. Mix In Ideas: chopped apples, pear dates, or Feta cheese.
Tuscan Grains: brown rice, wheat berries, quinoa, almonds, red peppers, and Tomato Parmesan Herb dressing. Mix In Ideas: chopped tomatoes, zucchini, canned chickpeas, or Feta cheese.
Southwest Grains: brown rice, quinoa, black beans, corn, red peppers, and Chipotle Vinaigrette. Mix In Ideas: chopped bell peppers, slicked green onions, canned green chilies.
The whole grain, quinoa, is found in each flavor and is valued for its high nutritional content such as protein along with potassium. It’s very good for you and if you haven’t had the opportunity to try it I am sure you have at least heard about it through the grape vine. My first time trying it was in a piece of blueberry bark and it was delicious! With all of these healthy components and bold flavors these salad mixes make meal time easy and also tasty. Convenience is important to many of us and these mixes make meal time effortless.
Harvest Grains ended up being my favorite of the three. I really loved the scattered dried cranberries and tangy vinaigrette dressing. While they are designed to be side items for your meals, I can easily enjoy this on its own for lunch or dinner. I typically eat a light salad to get me through the day and this would be the perfect alternative. It would be even better with grilled chicken on top or mixed in! Served hot or cold, you can really make the grain salads your own by adding in veggies or extra spices.
You can find the new Suddenly Grain Salad varieties in the rice and grains or pasta aisle at your major grocery retailer and even online.