Grain Salad with Tahini & Apricots

This dish stands alone as a light meal or on the side of a health bowl or salad. It makes a great addition to a pot luck.

Serves 4-6 as a main dish or 8-10 as a side dish.


  • 2 cups uncooked oat groats (or farro)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red onions
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • ¼ cup toasted sliced (or slivered) almonds
  • Additional cilantro, mint leaves, or sliced dried apricots for garnish (optional)


  1. Cook the grain according to the package instructions. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the honey, tahini, lemon juice, water, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. (You may need to add more water if your tahini is particularly thick. Add one tablespoon at a time until you have a dressing consistency.)
  3. Add the grain to the bowl and toss to coat. Fold in the onions, cilantro, mint and apricots. Taste, adjusting seasonings to taste.
  4. Let rest for 15 minutes or refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve chilled or at room temperature, topping with almonds and a sprinkling of fresh herb leaves or extra sliced apricots (optional) before serving.