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Oats Salad?

by Meghann on August 1, 2012

I had a plan for lunch today. I had all of yesterday’s pizza topping leftovers (tomatoes, olives, goat cheese – oh my!) that I was hoping could be mixed with some chickpeas and a good grain. Unfortunately I was out of quinoa, rice, and most other “salad” grains.

Plan B? Rolled oats.

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Why not? I’ve made savory oats before, and have found they’re an excellent replacement grain when it comes to things like soup or risotto. Surely they could work here.

I made the oats per usual (1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk, chia seeds, salt) and when they were just about done I added chopped cherry tomatoes, olives, chickpeas, and goat cheese.

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The oats were served on a bed of arugula and topped with walnuts.

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Not bad. Not an exact replica of a grain salad dish, but also not a bad alternative. The dish was creamy and very comforting, the way the goat cheese melted and blended with the oats was what really made it work.

Also, I love the peppery flavor of arugula on the bottom. I really need to buy this green more often.

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What’s the most creative thing you’ve made with oats?

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