After homebrewing an English IPA yesterday, I was left with about two quarts of "spent" grains -- whole barley, rye, wheat -- and so I took about two cups of that, added a cup or two of EVOO, salt, pepper, fresh oregano, and fresh mango salsa to taste ... about a cup of pickle juice (I like that instead of vinegar), chopped in a few garlic cloves, let it sit a bit while I prepared my salad (beets, arugula, kale, swiss chard, several kinds of lettuce -- all from my garden) and grated in some local cheese. Then I tossed the desired amount of "dressing" together with the salad and viola -- delicious! Not all grains come out of the homebrew process with flavor left -- but mine did. Taste it first! Mine was a nutty roasty flavor.
For a crunchy texture, fry the mash/spent grains, add a little salt and pepper, and then add them to any salad instead of croutons!
I don't know how the beer will turn out (it's bubbling madly as I write this) but the salad dressing is delicious.
P.S. 11/1/2013 -- The beer is great, and it's almost gone. Time to make some more.
Stories from the print edition of the Oregon Beer Growler.