Gratifying Grains and Legumes: 15 Filling Side Dishes

Best of 2011

I was a vegetarian for fifteen years, a time when grains and legumes were an everyday mainstay. Now, although I do eat meat and fish, I still rely on hearty, satisfying side dishes to accompany small portions of salmon, chicken or pork. This time of year, a hearty side dish filled with whole grains and protein-packed beans or lentils is what keeps me going. And the great thing about so many of these side dishes is that they honeymoon as a wonderful, filling mid-day meal. So if you have a little down-time over the holiday and want to add a gratifying side dish to your repertoire, we've gathered our most popular from 2011. For occasions when grains and legumes deserve certain stage, too.

TOP ROW
• 1 Camino's Fried Farro with Dark Greens
• 2 Black Bean and Heirloom Tomato Quinoa with Lemon Dressing
• 3 Whole Wheat Couscous with Cherries and Arugula
• 4 Farro Salad with Peas and Leeks
• 5 Barley Salad with Green Garlic and Snap Peas

MIDDLE ROW
• 6 Sweet and Crunchy Quinoa Salad
• 7 Cranberry Bean Salad with Basil, Mint, and Feta
• 8 Warm Chickpea Salad with Cumin and Garlic
• 9 Black-Eyed Pea Salad
• 10 Chickpea Casserole with Lemon, Herbs and Shallots

BOTTOM ROW
• 11 Rapini with Orecchiette and Beans
• 12 Socca: Chickpea Pancake
• 13 Cheesy Tex Mex Rice
• 14 Lentils with Broiled Eggplant
• 15 Quinoa Salad with Spring Radishes and Greens

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