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Oat Pilaf with Walnuts, Raisins and Feta

When planning your holiday buffet, look for dishes that can do double duty and are forgiving when it comes to temperature. This easy-going pilaf, made with whole grain oat groats, does double duty as both a salad and a side dish. Your guests will love the contrast between the sweet raisins and the salty feta cheese.
Course Sides, Salads and Soups
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

For dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (60 ml)
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (30 ml)
  • 1/2 tsp honey (2.5 ml)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (1 ml)
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

For pilaf:

  • 2 cups oat groats (500 ml)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely minced (60 ml)
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (60 ml)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (125 ml)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (125 ml)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (125 ml)

Instructions

  1. Cook oat groats in a large pot of boiling salted water for 30 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse cooked groats under cold running water. Allow to drain while you prepare other ingredients.
  3. Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine drained oats, onion, parsley, walnuts, raisins and feta.
  5. Add dressing and stir to combine.
  6. Serve cold, warm, or at room temperature.

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