I Hate It When This Happens

I go through stages of wanting to copy cat recipes I try at restaurants, but every time I try, I fail miserably!  I swear I need to steal Mama Pea’s brain so I can get better at it…you want to copy cat this dish for me lady?  I would love you forever…not that I already don’t.

Anyhow, I got this awesome grain salad at Trader Joes last weekend and I fell in love.  It was the perfect combo of flavors and light enough to not weigh my down for a 2+ hour long drive home.  I don’t have a picture of it because well, I ate it in the car, in the dark…but here are the ingredients I can remember:

  • Chickpeas
  • Barley
  • Assorted Vegetables
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Cumin
  • Other Spices
  • Fresh Green Cabbage

And…that’s all I can remember. 

So, since I loved it so much, I wanted to try making it at my place so it would be cheaper!  I purchased some farro at Whole Foods the other day because I’ve been trying to find it forever, and decided to use that instead of the barley.  I tried to use the ingredients I remembered on the list and came out with this:

And it sucked. GAH!  I was so mad…I just need to stop copying recipes I try in different places…

So, obviously no recipe for this one.  And I don’t know about you, but raw red cabbage tastes like dirt…not to be replaced with green cabbage in a dish like this.  BLECK.

Anyone out there good at copying recipes?  Any tips?  I’m ready to give in and just pay the $5 at the store for it!


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6 Responses to I Hate It When This Happens

  1. Mama Pea says:

    I’m on it. I have plans to go to TJ’s tomorrow and I was just thinking that I need a good salad recipe for the holidays. I’ll keep you posted!

  2. Maggie says:

    For me, working out what spices and herbs were used is the hardest part, especially if there’s a subtle one in there. Sadly there isn’t a TJs within at least 200 miles of me, so I can’t even begin to be of help with that salad. :/

    Sorry you didn’t like the red cabbage…I’m a big fan of cabbage raw or cooked, and I actually like the flavor of raw red cabbage. I also have some excellent recipes for cooked red cabbage, so let me know if you need a few ideas!

  3. Kara says:

    I can never recreate recipes either! I usually don’t even try anymore, haha.

  4. Amy says:

    I wish I could copy cat recipes from restaurants. But usually I order something that I probably wouldn’t make myself at home so I just abandon the idea, and make cupcakes instead :) At least your salad looks pretty!

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