With summer here at last, Chowhounds have been discussing their favorite grain salads to stash in the fridge and either use as sides when grilling or as light meals all on their own.

hollyd makes a brown and wild rice salad with almonds, cranberries, red pepper, and scallions. The dressing is mango chutney puréed in the food processor and thinned with a little rice wine vinegar, water, and oil.

Sherri likes cooked wheat berries, feta cheese, cucumber chunks, red onions (or scallions), kalamata olives, red bell peppers, lemon vinaigrette, and herbs. kmills9408 makes a similar salad with quinoa.

And Missyme recommends this black bean and tomato quinoa recipe, saying its lime dressing is “so light and refreshing.”

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