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This Mixed grain and veg salad is filling, refreshing, crisp and delicious. It’s made simply with chopped vegetables, a simple dressing and 2 pouches of Merchant Gourmet products. 

Colourful mixe grain and vegetable salad in a large bowl

As some of you may be aware, quinoa salad is one of my favourites. I have published loads on this website over the years. I have also published loads of salads using other grains too like Freekah.

Why I love this recipe

Reasons I love this recipe are:

  1. This grain salad recipe is very easy to put together, especially if you choose to use the Merchant Gourmet products that I have here. 
  2. This salad is great for lunch, picnics, trips and gatherings.
  3. The salad is a crowd pleaser and it’s vegan/dairy free, gluten free.

I am loving the weather at the moment and I have taken to punctuating my walks with a little stop gap where I allow myself to chill at the park for a full 20 minutes. Some days I have meditated in the park and other days I have read a book or journaled. A couple of years ago, giving myself time to do that would never have happened. I would always feel like I had to be doing something and I would force myself to just do something to fill any gaps.

Allowing myself to slow down has been a fundamental part of my healing. As well as allowing myself to use ready packets of stuff like Quinoa or Mixed Grains! I would never have allowed myself to do that in the past. I would have judged myself, harshly criticised myself and basically been my biggest hater. Now I tell myself that salads like these are perfect for last minute get togethers and using packaged products is no big deal and convenient for busy people. 

**Please let me know if you try this recipe and how it turns out for you in the comments! I love hearing from you and hope this mixed grain and veg salad becomes one of your favourite recipes.

Mixed grain and veg salad

This Mixed grain and veg salad is filling, refreshing, crisp and delicious. It’s made simply with chopped vegetables, a simple dressing and 2 pouches of Merchant Gourmet products. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine british, Mediterranean
Keyword Grain Salad, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Safira

Ingredients

Salad

  • 250 g Merchant Gourmet Red and White Quinoa Prepare according to pack instructions
  • 100 g Merchant Gourmet Glorious Grains with Red Rice & Quinoa Prepare according to pack instructions
  • 1 Red Pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 Yellow Pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 Spring Onions sliced finely
  • 1 tbsp Jalapeno slices diced
  • 10 Baby Plum tomatoes diced
  • 150 g Sweetcorn kernels
  • 1 small Red Onion sliced finely
  • 1/4 Cucumber deseeded and diced

Dressing

  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large Lemon Juice and zest of
  • 2 Limes Juice of
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl.

  2. Add all the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and whisk together to combine. 

  3. Pour over the salad in the large bowl and toss together to combine.

Recipe Notes

Toasted flaked almonds or pine nuts would work really well with this salad as would a little feta and some pomegranate.

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