Sauerkraut & Grain Salad
A good filling salad that doesn't leave you starving an hour later needs to be properly planned out. You need to have some protein in there as well as some carbs. Then, once you've got your base you can add veggies to your heart's content and not have to worry about a thing.
This recipe features raw pumpkin seeds & farro (or millet) as the base. Then I added beet greens (which I grew by the window but you can find at your local farmer's market), local tomato, carrots & sauerkraut.
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Makes 2 servings
2 C farro ( or millet ), cooked
2 carrots, grated
1 C pumpkin seeds
1 bunch beet greens, (or other greens)
4 T sauerkraut
Olive oil, drizzled
Salt & pepper to taste
Cook 20 mins + 5 mins assemble
Cook your farro (or millet) according to the instructions on the package.
In the meantime, grate your carrot, chop your tomato & greens.
Once your grains have cooled, assemble your bowl with all your ingredients.
Top with half the sauerkraut, olive oil, salt & pepper.
Note: The sauerkraut also acts as the "tangy" part of the dressing, so no need to add any lemon or vinegar to this salad.