Take advantage of fall’s bounty with this delicious & affordable one-dish meal!

Average Cost: $19.91
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Average Cook Time: 15 minutes (if using couscous)
Average Servings: 8

Recipe Source: CookingMatters.org


  • 3/4 Cup barley, whole grain couscous, or quinoa
  • 1 Medium bulb fennel or 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 Bunch hearty greens, such as kale, chard, collard greens or beet greens
  • 1 Small beet
  • 1 Medium, firm apple
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 1/2 Cup nuts or seeds, such as pecans, almonds, or walnuts
  • 1 Medium lemon
  • 1/4 Cup cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 Cup canola oil
  • 1/4 Tsp salt
  • 1/4 Tsp ground black pepper
  • Optional: 2 ounces cheese, such as blue, goat, or Cheddar cheese


Step 1

Cook grains following package directions. Transfer to a large bowl. Prepare rest of salad while you let grains cool completely.

Step 2

Rinse fennel, greens, beet and apple. Cut any long stalks and fronds off fennel. Quarter fennel and cut out core. Slice thinly. Remove stems from greens. Stack leaves together, roll into a thick log, and slice thinly. Peel and cut beet into ¼-inch cubes. Cut apple into ¼ cubes. Peel and mince garlic. If using, crumble cheese or cut into ¼-inch cubes.

Step 3

In a small skillet over medium-low heat, add nuts or seeds. Cook until fragrant, 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.

Step 4

Rinse and cut lemon in half. In a small bowl, squeeze juice. Discard any seeds. Add vinegar, minced garlic and mustard to lemon juice. Whisk with a fork to combine. While whisking, slowly drizzle in oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5

When grains are cool, add fennel, greens, beet and apple. Drizzle with dressing and toss to combine. Sprinkle with the toasted nuts and cheese, if using.

Utensils Needed

  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Fork
  • Peeler
  • Large saucepan with lid
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Small skillet


Serving Size: 1 Cup

Total Fat12 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Cholestrol0 g
Sodium170 mg
Total Carbohydrates22 g
Dietary Fiber5 g
Total Sugars5 g
Added Sugars0 g
Protein4 g