Our favorite alternative grain recipes

6 Recipes
Well-seasoned farro with your favorite proteins and vegetables makes for a delicious grain bowl.
(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)

Farro, flax, barley and couscous add flavor and heft to these dishes that go beyond plain white rice.


Pleasantly chewy farro, seasoned with a smoked tomato vinaigrette while warm, creates a great canvas for piling on vegetables and proteins for a grain bowl.

Give oats a break by making this savory breakfast porridge with barley.

Farro adds chew and depth to hearty kale, sweet dried fruit and creamy blue cheese in this salad that keeps in the fridge for days.

Summer Salad with Israeli Couscous

Time20 minutes
YieldsServes 6.

Simple steamed couscous can be flavored with whatever vegetables and cheese you have on hand, like cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and feta.

Curry powder adds an unexpected flavor to couscous as the base of a cold pasta salad mixed with roasted cauliflower.

Clementine's whole grain muffin with plump dried cherries

Time1 hour
YieldsMakes about 24 muffins

Alternative grains aren’t just for savory cooking; they’re great stirred into these whole-grain muffins for a healthy breakfast.