Mixed Grain & Walnut Salad

A delicious and filling salad which makes a light main course, or substantial side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 microwave pottle of “Steamed Grains”  (I use a “Super-Grains Multigrain Blend which includes brown & red rice, buckwheat, quinoa and chia”)
  • 2 cups leafy greens (lettuce, rocket, baby spinach etc)
  • 1 cup sweet grapes (cut in half)
  • 1 cup raw blueberries
  • 1 cup raw pineapple or apple (cut in chunks)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese (cut into small cubes)
  • ½ cup walnuts (chopped)

Dressing                                          

  • 2 tbsp rice bran oil
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Microwave the mixed grains as recommended on the packet then allow to cool while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Toss all the salad ingredients (including the cooled grains) in a large salad bowl.
  3. Tip all the dressing ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake them well to mix.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix gently.

Serves 2 people as a main course, or 4 as a side dish.

Variations

Substitute cooked quinoa for grains to make this recipe grain-free / paleo.

Substitute any raw fruit for the pineapple or apple portion.

Substitute cherry tomatoes for the grapes

Bowl of mixed grain and walnut salad.
When I made this dish (both to photograph and eat) I discovered that I’d run out of grapes. Since we live an hour away from the nearest supermarket, I couldn’t just pop out to buy some. Fortunately, there were heaps of tiny cherry tomatoes growing in the tunnel house. That’s how I discovered this delicious variation.

Sweet Walnut & Apricot Balls

These Apricot Balls use walnuts, seeds and dried fruit to make a sweet and healthy snack. They will fill you up as well as satisfying sweet cravings.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Apricot Balls
  • 1 ½ cup raw, shelled walnuts
  • ½ cup sunflower and pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1 cup sultanas
  • ½ cup dried apricots (chopped)
  • ½ cup dried, shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 1-3 tbsp water (as needed)
  • More dried coconut to coat the balls.
  • 1 food processor with an “S” blade.

Directions

  1. Put the nuts and seeds into the food processor and process on high until they are well chopped (but not pulverised into crumbs.)
  2. Add the dried fruit and ½ cup coconut and process again until the fruit is thoroughly chopped and mixed with the nuts.
  3. Add peanut butter and honey and mix on lowest speed.
  4. The mixture should be sticky enough for you to easily form a small ball with your fingers. If not, add 1 – 3 tbsp water and mix again.
  5. Wet your fingers with water (to prevent them from being covered with sticky mixture) and form the fruit and walnut mixture into small balls.
  6. Coat the balls in dried coconut.
  7. Store in the refrigerator, where they will firm up and keep for several weeks.
Sweet walnut and apricot balls

Candied Walnuts

A healthy recipe for a sweet treat.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shelled, raw walnuts

Caramel

  • 3 tbsp rice bran oil
  • 3 tbsp brown rice syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½  tsp salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃.
  2. Put the caramel ingredients into a large saucepan.
  3. Bring them to a rolling boil then simmer for 1-2 minutes. (If you cook this mixture too long the oil and syrup will start to separate.)
  4. Remove saucepan from the heat and add all the walnuts.
  5. Stir very well to coat the walnuts with the hot, sticky mixture.
  6. Tip onto an oven tray, and scrape all the leftover caramel over the nuts.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes, then stir the nuts well to coat them again.
  8. Cook a further 5 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and scrape onto another tray to cool. Clean the caramel off the tray immediately (or it will harden and become difficult to clean.)
  10. Once cool, keep the nuts in an airtight jar.

Variations

Brown rice syrup is a fructose-free sugar alternative, which makes this recipe ideal for those who are eating a low-sugar diet.

Substitute maple syrup for the brown rice syrup for a sweeter caramel.

Substitute popped corn for walnuts to make this recipe nut-free.

Candied walnuts