Washburn Mills Quinoa and Grain Salad

Washburn Mills Quinoa & Grain Salad...this is seriously good

Washburn Mills Quinoa & Grain Salad…this is seriously good

I couldn’t wait to let you know about this Washburn Mills Quinoa and Grain Salad that I happened upon at Sam’s Club yesterday.  If you’re not a member of Sam’s, you can still find it at Amazon, but it’s a bit more expensive:  Sam’s price is $9.91, and Amazon currently is selling it for $12.30.

Quinoa grain salad topped with boiled egg

Quinoa and grain salad topped with boiled egg

That may seem pricey, but Washburn Mills has packaged the makings for a truly wonderful dish.

Washburn Mills Quinoa & Grain Salad is delicious just on its on too

Washburn Mills Quinoa & Grain Salad is delicious just on its on too

Three bags for the salad: (1) dressing mix, (2) dried fruit, and (3) quinoa and grains

Three bags for the salad: (1) dressing mix, (2) dried fruit, and (3) quinoa and grains

But also remember that there are four sets of packs that come in the box, and each set contains these three bags: one for the dressing mix, one with the dried fruit, and one with the uncooked quinoa and grains.  I got two meals out of one set of packs when I ate the salad as a main dish.  If you serve the salad as a side, it could easily feed three or four people.

The bag makes cooking and draining the Washburn Mills quinoa and grain super easy

The bag makes cooking and draining the Washburn Mills quinoa and grain super easy

I love that there’s no messy rinsing, transferring, or draining of loose quinoa seeds.  You simply place the bag in boiling water for 17 minutes, then rinse it in a colander under cool water, let it drain a couple of minutes, then cut the bag and dump the cooked quinoa and grains into the prepared dressing.

Dried fruit and tangy dressing add character to this Washburn Mills Quinoa and Grain Salad

Dried fruit and tangy dressing add character to this Washburn Mills Quinoa and Grain Salad

While the quinoa and grains are boiling, you can mix up the dry packet of dressing seasoning with just a tablespoon each of olive oil and water.  To save dirtying dishes, mix up the dressing in the same bowl that you’ll serve the salad in.  After you add the cooked quinoa and grains to the dressing, then add the dried fruit, and stir all that goodness together. That’s it!

Get yourself some of this Washburn Mills Quinoa & Grain Salad

Get yourself some of this Washburn Mills Quinoa & Grain Salad

Eat this salad right away or let it chill in the fridge for a couple of hours.  How does it taste?  It’s vinegary, slightly sweet, and not overly salty.  The grains and quinoa are soft but toothsome, nutty and fragrant.  The tangy and vinegary dressing complements eggs perfectly, in my book, but this Washburn Mills Quinoa and Grain Salad also would pair wonderfully with chicken or other meats.  You also could add some spinach or greens.

The nutritional information reveals that this is a rather healthy dish

The nutritional information reveals that this is a relatively healthy dish

This dish has one more plus…it’s quite healthy, as indicated by the nutritional information on the side of the box.

Tangy Washburn Mills Quinoa and Grain Salad and boiled eggs go together so nicely

Tangy Washburn Mills Quinoa and Grain Salad and boiled eggs go together so nicely

My rating?  Five out of five stars for taste, ease of preparation, and healthiness. The Amazon reviews gave top ratings as well, which is no surprise to me.  This Washburn Mills Quinoa & Grain Salad is seriously good…I hope you’ll try it!

–G

 

Comments

    • says

      I can’t find the Washburn Mills anymore either. General Mills makes both the Washburn Mills and Betty Crocker label, so you might want to try the Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad Harvest Grain. Although I like Betty Crocker’s boxed salad mix, I still prefer the Washburn Mills! –G

      • says

        There needs to be a mystery novel written about the search for the missing Washburn Mills Quinoa and Grain Salad–ha! Why in the world the makers of this wonderful salad mix would discontinue it is beyond me (and I’m assuming it has been discontinued because I can no longer track it down). If you do find, I would love to know! Thanks for stopping by! –G

  1. Marilyn J says

    Late last summer, I discovered the Thai peanut quinoa salad and absolutely loved it. I bought several extra boxes and gave some to vegetarian friends who also loved it. I went back to my original source but they didn’t have any left and couldn’t order anymore so I scanned Amazon. All I found was the grains and quinoa with cranberries and almonds. Not nearly as good. I’m still on the hunt for the Washburn Mills Thai peanut Quinoa and would love to hear if anyone can find it again.

    • says

      That’s interesting that you liked the Thai peanut version more, because I did not! I thought the peanuts had an “off” and sort of rancid taste. I’m baffled as to why Washburn Mills hasn’t kept its quinoa salad mixes alive and going…everything indicates that so many people love them and yet, they seem to have become extinct! –G

  2. DebbieG says

    I have also been searching for more of this awesome salad! I had found it a couple of months ago at Sams Club, and it was on clearance so I fully expected it to be gone the next time I looked. It was! I just did another search and discovered it’s now bearing the Betty Crocker brand, and has gone UP in price! That figures. It is absolutely awesome, so it had to either go up in price or go away completely! Here’s a link to the current listing on Amazon – for over $16 – http://www.amazon.com/Suddenly-Select-Grains-Cranberries-Almonds/dp/B00JWWM1T0/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1454952514&sr=8-1&keywords=washburn+mills

    • says

      Hi Debbie, Thanks for the information. It would make sense that the Betty Crocker label, owned by General Mills, would be making the same salad, since the Washburn Mills label is also owned by General Mills. I also think it may be going up in price, because the demand is so high, and it’s so good that many people are willing to still pay. Thank you again for your helpful comments!
      –G

    • Barb says

      If this is the same one that I got on Amazon, thinking that it would be similar, even tho’ it is under the Betty Crocker label, I was VERY DISAPPOINTED. This one has a lemon based dressing and, apparently, more rice than quinoa. I do not like the lemon flavor and the texture with more rice is heavier. As I write, I suppose I could just NOT use the dressing that they provide and use a small amount of ranch dressing, which I believe was on the original. I couldn’t find either at Sam’s, so I got it at Amazon. Oh well . . .

      • says

        Hmmm…maybe it’s time for me to do another post comparing the Washburn Mills quinoa salad to the Betty Crocker quinoa salad. Thanks for commenting!
        –G

        • Barb says

          We just need them to go back to the original recipe!! It was so much better. I gave it to friends, brought it to gatherings and kept it in my ‘fridge on a regular basis!! Boo hoo!! Thanks for even DISCUSSING it, Ginger!!

  3. Vana Larson says

    I am sorry to have to inform you that both of our Sam’s Clubs here (Terre Haute and Bloomington IN) have discontinued this product! In fact, I bought every one the Terre Haute store had because it was marked half price! It is so good. I can’t figure out why Sam’s quit handling it! Now I’m trying to find another source for it other than Amazon!

    • says

      Hi Vana, thanks for updating me about this. Amazon’s prices on this product have decreased quite a bit since I first posted this, so Amazon might not be a bad option! Thanks for commenting!
      –G

  4. Marylynn Wolf says

    Hey Ginger, I recently discovered the quinoa and grain salad and I love it. But I do something a little different instead of rinsing the bag of grains. I open the bag and spread the grains on a plate and refrigerate it until cool. Does not take long. I just did not want to rinse away any nutrients. What do you think of this idea?

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