Vitacost Inspired Kamut Salad with Carrots and Raisins

by Joanne on July 8, 2013

We were slugs on Sunday.  It started out with rain early in the morning.  We got soaked while running and someone tried to run me over.  Not just a close call but a true as the day I was born, attempt to hit me with their car.   Luckily I was near a telephone pole and able to duck in next to it.   Was the person drunk? At 6 am on a Sunday? Doubtful.  Was the person on their cell phone?  I threw my arms in the air and screamed at the top of my lungs. The reaction from the car was not one of surprise due to almost hitting someone. In fact, there was no reaction at all except a continued drive, not looking back.  So, no, I can’t say they were on their cell and not paying attention.  I’m sure this person was out to prove some kind of sick, REALLY SICK point.

On a good note and back to being slugs, Ted and I checked out the Upstate Tavern at Turning Stone Resort.  A lot of local brews were offered and local food/recipes on the menu.

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The Tour was on and we enjoyed watching the agonizing climb the cyclist endured as we enjoyed a brew, a wine, and good food.

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This is how good the food was:

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Just thought I’d do something a little different and show you an empty plate instead of a full, fresh meal.   It was good! I’m proving a point!

Speaking of good, ever heard of Vitacost?  Check this out…

I received a HUGE sample pack from VitacostKamut and Raisin Salad8

*Make sure to check out the Facebook page for more of these sampling opportunities! Oh! And tell them Joanne sent you by clicking this link for a great offer!

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I have great confidence in the products received from Vitacost.  Pam (of Total Health Counseling) sent me all sorts of different products available from Vitacost a while ago and I was very pleased with all of them. Whether it was food or skin care, vitamins, supplements, all were brands of quality.

In that heap of samples were some great grains such as kamut, spelt, teff, sorghum, amaranth, farro, plus muesli, and oats all Bob’s Red Mill Products (the best!).

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Can never get enough Bob’s Red Mill.

Some other items at

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Naturally, I immediately set to work creating some wonderfully healthy concoction for Ted and I using some of those Great Grain samples.

What was I thinking? you might ask… I’ll tell you:   “We need some good food to power up our workouts?!” 

It’s super satisfying summer salads like this one that makes a person celebrate good health.

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The kamut grain is rich and buttery in flavor.  It is a wheat grain but higher in protein and other minerals such as selenium.

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To serve 4

  • 2 1 /2 cups water
  • 3.3 oz kamut *Best to soak over night, if not, you need to cook it longer
  • 3.6 oz sorghum *I added the sorghum for extra grain but you can reduce the water to 1 cup and simply use the kamut

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  • 2 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 3 TBS fresh lime juice
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • pinch or two of cinnamon  *In the book “Ancient Grains for Modern Meals” cinnamon is used to highlight the flavor not only in sweet dishes but savory recipes as well.
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup toasted chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup naturally sweetened dried cranberries (optional – but they look so pretty)

Cook the kamut and sorghum by adding grains to the water, bring to a boil, cover, reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for 1 hour. Drain any excess liquid.  Put into the serving bowl and allow to cool.

Add carrots and raisins to the bowl of grains.

In a separate dish, whisk the lime and lemon with the honey, cinnamon, salt until smooth.  Then whisk in the oil.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss. Adjust flavors as needed.

Sprinkle with walnuts and cranberries before serving.

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One of my other all time favorite grains is farro. I can’t find it around Utica anymore so I was absolutely THRILLED to get it in my sample pack. AND…now I know Bob’s Red Mill has farro! Another plus. Smile


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  • At 2013.07.09 18:41, Lori said:

    We have been watching the Tour every day. It sure has been full of surprises this year (other than Chris Froome taking yellow in the mountains.)

    • At 2013.07.10 05:57, CCU said:

      Woohoo, go Vitacost 😀
      Lovely looking salad, its inspiration is awesome!

      Choc Chip Uru

      • At 2013.07.10 12:04, Peter said:

        Are you cycling enthusiast as well? My has been a national champion here in Hungary 20yrs ago, we watch the Tour and the Giro as well every year, last year we’ve been there with some friends at the finish, it was amazing! I haven’t missed any days… all the attendees are awesome sportsmen with supernatural skills…

        • At 2013.07.11 21:24, Pam said:

          I love Vitacost! They have great prices and stuff that’s hard to find!
          I have never tried Sorghum on it’s own, only seen it in gluten free breads or beer.

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