Barrio Grains

Barrio Grains Bowl

This lovely fresh salad makes a satisfying, nutritious lunch or side salad. The wheat berries add delicious texture and crunch.

Red Fife Grains

Barrio Grains


Feeds 4-5

Grains 3-4 Cups
Soft-boiled Egg - mashed 1 (Boil for 7-8 mins, depending on elevation. Time varies for yolk consistency.)
Farm Fresh arugula or mixed greens 4 Cups
Fresh sprouts 1 Tbls (for garnish)
Raw goat chèvre or raw cows feta 1/4 Cup
Pickled red onions See below for recipe
Lemon Tahini drizzle See below for recipe
Preparation time About 2 hours

A note from Chef Zander Ault about Barrio Grains

Note from Chef Zander Ault about cooking with Barrio Grains: "Cooking with Barrio Grains is incredibly special when you consider Arizona's agricultural network, the deserts harsh climate and how versatile these grain varieties really are. They mimic the strength and diversity of this ecosystem and their dynamic texture and flavor will encourage you to cook with them more and more. Eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner or make your homemade granola bars with them, too. Barrio Grains pack an enormous nutritional punch, ENJOY!"


  1. Pre soak grains prior to cooking, it will take some time off the overall process. These grains are incredibly hardy and need time to soak up enough water to fluff up. I always cook Barrio Grains in more water than other typical grain varieties. No matter how many cups of dry grains I'm preparing, I always fill the water well past the amount of grains in my pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer, adding water as necessary. Barrio Grains take about 1 hr to 1 hr and 20 mins to prepare. If there's water left at the end, drain and rinse the grains.
  2. Build your bowl: Grains, greens, soft boiled egg, cheese, pickled onions, tahini dressing (add to taste), and sprouts for garnish! ENJOY!

Pickled Red Onions


  1. In medium bowl, place red wine vinegar, boiling water and sea salt together with the onions.
  2. Let cool.

Lemon Tahini Drizzle

Makes 1 Cup of dressing


  1. Add all ingredients, except EVOO into an emersion blender.
  2. When ingredients are combined, slowly add your EVOO to properly emulsify the oil into your dressing.
  3. If dressing remains too thick, add water by the tablespoon until "drizzle" consistency.
Barrio bowl

Barrio bowl

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