Get back into healthy eating with this Greek super grains salad, filled with loads of fresh veggies, quinoa, millet, and buckwheat!
greek super grains salad with homemade pita chips

Who really needs to be on speaking terms with their thighs, right?

Pffffttt.

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Those were my thoughts until I tried on all my warm weather clothes and realize it was either Stop Eating All The Muffins time or Start Buying A Whole New Wardrobe time.

Judging by the looks of this salad, I’ll let you guys guess which road less traveled I inevitably took.

Also, there’s a *minor* chance the.boy will coerce me into wearing a bathing suit on our honeymoon and I don’t want it to be traumatic for either of us. (But mostly me because we are our own worst critics…especially when it comes to bikini-wearing.)

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So ALL THE VEGGIES and EAT THE RAINBOW and BRING ON THE SALAD it is! But if you know me, you know there is nothing I hate more than a boring salad. I maintain that if it doesn’t have at least a few funsies, it’s totally not worth my time.

And not that I have anything against the traditional Greek salad, but…it could use a spring makeover. Something along the lines of: extra olives, a splash of super grains, and a handful of pita chips to put a smile on our faces. If those aren’t funsies, I don’t know what are.

Basically, this salad has all the bright, fresh feel-good flavor that the classic boasts, but with a bit of bulk from a super grains mix that I found at Whole Foods that I’m obsessed with (it’s just a blend of millet, quinoa, and buckwheat – feel free to use one or a combination of those three to imitate it). Also, all of the veggies are fresh, so there is very little actual cooking involved, which in this 90(+) degree world that I’m living in, is a very good thing.

Just toss and go.

I can feel your thighs smiling from over here. Let’s get to it.

Greek Super Grains Salad with Homemade Pita Chips
 
Get back into healthy eating with this Greek super grains salad, filled with loads of fresh veggies, quinoa, millet, and buckwheat!
Yield: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mixed quinoa, millet, and buckwheat
  • 2 cups water
  • salt, to taste
  • 3 vine ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 small seedless cucumbers, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 (14 oz) can black olives, drained and sliced
  • ½ lb feta, crumbled
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
For the pita chips
  • 12 oz mini pitas, quartered
  • olive oil, for brushing
  • sea salt, for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Rinse the grains thoroughly and then drain and place in a medium pot with the water and a few pinches of salt. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat, simmering, covered, for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the vegetables and toss them together in a large bowl with the olives and feta. Add the cooked grains to the bowl.
  3. To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, oregano, and salt, to taste. Toss with the grain mixture.
  4. For the pita chips, heat oven to 375F. Spread the pitas on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until crispy.
Notes
An Eats Well With Others Original
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl

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41 Responses to Greek Super Grains Salad with Homemade Pita Chips

  1. Erica says:

    Color!!! I love it. This is exactly something I would eat for lunch. Pretty much anything vinegar-y and I’ll eat it! Love checking out your site Joanne, you always have such creative meals, will definitely be trying in a couple weeks after boards! (For now though, sandwiches as I frantically pretend to study haha)

  2. Bikini … *shudder* – luckily I have a few months before that becomes a problem again. I’ll be indulging in this salad (read: pita chips) in the meanwhile. 😀

  3. You had me at homemade pita chips (I know, eat the rainbow, I will, I promise!)… 🙂

  4. This salad is so packed with deliciousness!! Love this recipe Joanne!

  5. Ahhhh! I can totally feel my thighs smiling and it’s undoubtedly because of this beauty of a salad. Love all the powerhouse grains and those glorious homemade pita chips!

  6. Trisha says:

    This is a beautiful, tasty, filling Greek salad! And yes, you are definitely your own worst critic when it comes to bikinis. I’m sure your husband will just be really stoked that you’re in one!! Surprisingly, Cosmo had a really good article on this loving-yourself-in-a-bikini topic! http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a40220/things-every-twentysomething-woman-needs-to-do-to-get-a-bikini-body/?src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1440_178579176

  7. I recently had to have a serious talk with myself about not eating everything in sight – whoops! But, I can totally indulge in this healthy salad – it looks great 🙂

  8. Jen says:

    This salad is so wholesome and delicious. I could use more food like this in my life. Love the homemade pita chips!

  9. girl, you always crack me up!!! but you speak truth. . . all.the.time!!! love this super grains salad. . will be on my menu all summer long. . and don’t worry, you’ll be rocking the bikini!!! have you noticed though that your appetite is crazy since you are training for the half? like I want to EAT all the time!!!! all the time!!! 😛 good luck on Saturday!

  10. Julia says:

    I’ve been in the same what-happened-to-my-thighs-over-winter boat, just uuugh! So it’s all the raw veggies plus whole food salads for me, too, sista! Love this super grains salad with all that quinoa – a nutritious meal for sure!

  11. I am ALL in with this salad, I feel your pain, I need to eat healthier again too. My “treat yo’ self” side has been winning all the battles lately.

  12. Heather says:

    I’m in the same boat… not at all ready for swimsuit weather. This would be the perfect take to work lunch, though, while I try and lose a few pounds!

  13. Louanne says:

    Love this salad! I’m a big fan of the grain mix, too. Used it when I made tabouli over the weekend. Plan to make your salad for the office fish fry next week.

  14. I would be all over a salad with a “few funsies” like “extra olives, a splash of super grains, and a handful of pita chips” – especially when said pita chips are homemade!

  15. Those pita chips look so perfectly crunchy!

    I am in the same boat with my summer wardrobe :/ Salads like this will definitely help!

  16. I love Greek salads, and this looks delicious. I’ll have to try adding grains to mine. Sometimes I go all crazy with chickpeas in my Greek salads.

  17. mira says:

    Gorgeous salad! Love the idea of mixed grains! need to try it!

  18. This grain salad looks very satisfying and delicious!

  19. This looks awesome and that grain mix sounds great 🙂

  20. Monica says:

    Joanne, we’re eating muffins *and* grain salads over here! Just made one with bulgur and threw in a bunch of veggies I had on hand. I always appreciate some new ideas. This has so much color, flavor, texture. I’ve got to try mixing up the grains like you did here. Thanks!

  21. chloe says:

    This is right up my alley! I love vinegar, olives, and feta … anything Greek salad-like. YUM!

  22. Oh, I do love the sound of this colourful and healthy salad – every thing tastes better with feta:)

  23. My bathing suit and I are not on speaking terms right now. Also? You said funsies. And I sort of love you for that.

  24. Eileen says:

    Salad forever! This sounds fantastic, especially with fresh hot pita chips. A salad you can imagine is actually a dip? YES.

  25. I’m going to try the buckwheat part of the grains as I’ve got an unopened packet in my pantry 🙂

  26. Kelly says:

    I love all the funsies you added to this gorgeous salad! So healthy and delicious!

  27. simply damn delicious grain salad….
    i’m gonna add some amaranth too….

  28. Asha says:

    That’s a super duper great salad I’d love a big serving of. The funsies are all gorgeous.

  29. Sarah says:

    Mmmmm it looks so beautiful, healthy, and delicious! 🙂

  30. Oh, I definitely need a few funsies in my salads, too. This one totally fits the bill!

  31. easypeasy says:

    My mouth can’t stop watering for this salad!!! 🙂 It looks soooooo good!!!!

  32. Kate says:

    I think greek salads are pretty perfect on their own, but I like your addition!

  33. Funsies indeed – this looks delicious. Warm weather (and warm weather clothing) appropriate, but still satisfying enough for the spring days that have a bit of chill to them.

  34. Emily says:

    Grains are my thing. And they look divine in this. Yummmmm!!

  35. Johanna GGG says:

    Actually strangely enough I found my summer wardrobe harder than my winter wardrobe this year (or perhaps it was that by the end of summer there had been too much of christmas and then easter did me in!) but I think salads with fun is definitely something I need.

  36. I love this Joanne! I grew up eating buckwheat only hot and usually smothered in sauce or meat but this cold salad version is awesome! Never even thought of doing cold buckwheat. Love, love!

  37. Lynn says:

    All of my favorite things are in this salad!

  38. Corina says:

    I’m trying to eat more healthily at the moment and I love this supergrains mixture with the greek salad ingredients. Looks yummy.

  39. El says:

    This is one of the best salads I have ever made. So flavorful and delicious. Thank you!

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