Let us make tabouleh and do some variations on it.
Tabouleh, a salad popular in the Middle East, classically contains:
bulghur wheat, tomato, cucumber, onion, garlic, parsley, mint, salt, lemon juice and olive oil.Note, that you can change the acid from lemon to lime to orange to pineapple to...
Kasha (buckwheat groats), wheatberries, amaranth, barley, quinoa, oat groats, couscous.
Heck, you can even use corn instead of the others and then, if you want, add black or pinto beans, hot peppers, cilantro, cumin and voila! you have traveled from the Middle East to south of the USA border.
Did I hear lentils?