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Favorite grains for summer salads

How to cook, what flavors to expect

August 04, 2011

Here are some of my favorite grains for summer salads, along with their cooking proportions and some tasting notes.

Bulgur1 cup to 11/2 cups water (soak only)Chewy, slightly vegetal

Couscous (quick cooking)1 cup to 11/4 cups boiling water (soak) Tender, wheaty

Pearl barley, farro1 cup to 3 cups waterChewy, earthy

Millet1 cup to 21/2 cups waterSlightly chewy, slightly vegetal

Quinoa 1 cup to 13/4 cups waterTender, vegetal

Wheat berrylike pastaChewy, earthy

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