Salad or not salad? – Salad of grain medley with cannellini, shrimps, artichokes in a herb-lemon dressing
Salade ou pas salade? – Salade tiède de céréales et mélange aux haricots blancs, crevettes, artichauts, vinaigrette aux citron et herbes
Lately I have not been too well, that’s why I haven’t been posting any recipe on a regular basis like I used to, and my desire and energy for cooking has gone down, hopefully it will pick up at some point. I have no motivation for sitting in front of my computer either, but I sincerely miss everyone, people I met through this blog have been incredibly supportive, kind and generous. Thanks so much for anyone who reads my blogs and leaves genuine comments, they mean a lot to me. I apologize if I have had a difficult time to catch up with everyone, I have had very low energy level and some health issues, but hopefully will get back to my regular routine soon.
I started writing this recipe about three weeks ago and never managed to finish it, it took me forever…so here it is after such a long time. This salad is composed with a well balanced mixture of grains, vegetables, and proteins, such a nutritious and flavorful dish.
I call this a salad since it has a dressing but it can be called anything you like, and can be consumed lukewarm or cold. The particularity of this dish is that I mixed eight varieties of grains and seeds such as brown rice, oats, lentils, pumpkin seeds, etc… for a mixed variety of textures. Maybe you’ll think this look more like a bird meal to you than a gourmet salad. It is definitely questionable, but after you taste it, you will think bird ingredients can taste incredibly tasty.
The grains have been enhanced with vegetables, and seafood which complement the grains quite well. This is nothing complicated, you just need various grains in your pantry.
Ingredients for 2-3
- 200 g of mixed grains such as:
- brown rice
- wheat flakes
- sorghum rice
- pearl barley
- black rice
- pearl rice
- red lentil
- 1 tbs roasted pumpkin seeds
- 10 large shrimps
- 4 medium artichokes
- 3 tbs dry white wine
- 70 g cannellini beans cooked (either dried or canned)
Ingredients for the herb-lemon vinaigrette
- 3 tbs avocado oil
- juice of one lemon
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp tarragon, chopped
- 1 tsp parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp chives, chopped
- 1 tbs red onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- one pinch cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper
Mix all grains together and steam them. You can steam them the same way you would steam rice, even if there are many varities of grains, some of them cook a little faster than others but it does not make a big difference cooking them all together. You can use a rice cooker or use the regular technique using a simple pot.
Trim artichokes, removing the hard leaves around, and cutting off the top of the artichoke. Cut in quarters and place in a container filled with water and lemon juice to prevent the artichokes from darkening.
In a pan, heat olive oil, add 1 garlic clove, then drain artichokes and add to the pan, stir for a few minutes, coating the artichokes with garlic and oil, then add wine, salt and pepper. Stir well. Cover with a lid and cook at medium heat until artichokes are tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
Saute shrimps in olive oil, add salt and pepper and set aside.
In a large container, mix steamed grains with artichokes, cannellini beans, shrimps, pumpkin seeds. Pour vinaigrette on top by mixing all ingredients together. Stir well and serve. You can serve at room temperature or cold.
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It does get a bit like that at times. Take abit of time for yourself
What a fasinating combo! Love the mixed grains & seeds. Truly mouthwatering. Hope you’re having a wonderful day.
I know where you are coming from, however please take time for yourself and get back your full strength. The dish is amazing like all the others.
Sounds healthy and looks great, just what you need to gain your strength back…hope your on the mend…..will pray your 100% soon!
I totally understand. Sometimes everything just gets to be too much, and really – you should only do this if it’s fun and you enjoy it. I definitely think taking a break can reinvigorate you and cast new light on things you love to do. I hope you’re feeling better. Is it weather related? Counter-intuitively, it can be hard to be inspired to cook in the summer. Perhaps it’s the sameness of everything come July. But I do love this dish – part granola, part salad! Energy giving for sure. Feel better. xoxo
I’m so sorry you haven’t been feeling well, Silvia! You mustn’t worry about not visiting us or posting…just concentrate on getting well. We’ll still be here!
The salad looks delicious and healthy! A super combination.
I’m so sorry you’re not well! I know very well how hard it is to focus on anything else when your bodily-health is an issue. Rest, rest, rest!
The dish looks lovely. I’d probably call it a salad as well for the same reason. I love the little pepitas–great crunch factor!
I’m sorry you have been having a difficult time…I hope that you start to regain your energy and motivation soon because your posts are so lovely.
My friend I hope you feel better soon. I can truly relate with your sense of drain with the whole blogging expereince. It is not what I thought it would evolve into for sure. I hope you can get back that love of actual “cooking” that really make your posts so special.
By the way, your mixture of ingredients here are masterful. My wife and I would absolutely love this. Great herb-lemon vinaigrette.
Silvia, I can totally understand the loss of energy for blogging, and I do hope that you take the time to take care of yourself and feel better soon. This is another lovely recipe, and definitely one that would help me detox and regroup! I took a virtual vacation over the weekend – from blogging/computer/routine, and it helped immensely. Hope you feel better soon!
Oh Silvia, it’s worth of waiting for your recipe. I can relate to that feeling. I experienced the moments myself too. I did the same as Liren that be away from blogging and computer over the weekend. Hope you feel better soon. Maybe it’s time for a vacation? (smile)
Silvia, I hope you feel much better soon. Beyond blogging, it’s far more important that you regain your energy and return to feeling 100%. Of course, your posts/recipes are always a joy to read and this one is no exception. You made me smile when you described this as “bird meal”. We feed our neighborhood birds so we go through a lot of bird seed. Still, we would definitely enjoy something like this at home. Thanks for taking the time to post!
Looks really delicious – very nice ingredients. I love your posts!
Oh Silvia, I am sorry to hear you have not been feeling well and have definitely missed you. But don’t worry about us, we will still be here if you need a break – promise:) The dish/salad looks and sounds wonderful. I love the addition of all the grains, and we know I am nuts for shrimp. Take care and feel much better soon:)
sounds very healthy and looks so good!
take care ,my dear,i wish you more relax and a lot of energy!
Hope you are feeling much better now.
Love the grain salad…a bowl of goodness.
I hope you get to feel better soon Silvia.
I hope you’re feeling better Sivia; Even when you’re not well you continue to share another amazing recipe! I hope you are back to your regular self soon, everything you post is a joy to look at and to read, take care, Patty
Hello Silvia – it has been a while since I came by and I am so sorry to hear that you have not been well Of course we understand if you have not had much energy for anything, much less blog visiting!! Do not worry about it, just take the time to rest and recover.
I love the dressing for this salad – especially the use of avocado oil. And, I love birdseed too
Hey Silvia! Sorry you haven’t been feeling too good. I’ve been feeling fatigued and kind of nauseous lately, so I understand. Summer can be strange that way sometimes…
This sounds wonderful though. I want this whole grain shrimpy goodness for dinner tonight!
Sending you wellness and health, feel better Silvia. This salad sure looks yummy and nutritious, love the mix of grains.
Silvia I love the grains you used — this looks like a salad that’s full of textures and flavors. I hope you are feeling better, I have been keeping you in my thoughts Beautiful dish as always and hope you get well soon!
Silvia…I just saw this post…for some reason it wasn’t picked up on my reader?
Anywhoo…I so relate to want to do more about sharing my culinary journey more often…alas…work and life get in the way…and yes health issues do certainly put a damper on our passions. I really hope that whatever has hit you will slowly and completely leave your body.
Your energy and enthusiasm are what I look forward to the most ;o)
About your recipe…what can I say…both nutritional as well as combining delicious and very flavourful ingredients. Brava.
Silvia, stay well and I’ll send you good vibes as well
Ciao for now,
Pas d’inquiétude Silvia, tout le monde sera ravi de te retrouver quand tu seras prête; cette recette a l’air super bonne comme toujours on se régale chez toi.
Mais c’est vrai que lorsque j’ai pas le moral , j’ai remarqué que je ne peux plus rien faire en cuisine. ça passera,.
Be kind to yourself Silvia…it’ll pass and we will still be here. sometimes it takes its toll…all this blogging. A different kind of stress. so it is important to recognize that fatigue that creeps in and then just let go a bit and replenish yourself!
Silvia, je comprends très bien la situation. Cela fait trois moi que je suis en déménagement et je n’ai pas d’énergie pour faire une mise-à-jour de mon blog. Cela prendrait trop de temps. Je vais essayer de recommencer à visiter plus souvent car j’aime bien tes recettes. A bientôt.
I just came across this recipe and it sounds great. I have a variety of grains in my cupboard, and this would put them to good use. I’m planning on going back and reading your other posts too. Thank you.