Thursday, 25 April 2013

Nutty Salad

I'm ADDICTED to the "nutty salad" from M&S. Any vegans from the UK should be aware that M&S do an amazing range of salads and loads of them are vegan! Not like other supermarkets which all have either cheese or mayo in.

So I decided to try and recreate this beauty of a dish myself. I didn't have all the same ingredients that they had so I substituted some things but it worked out fine. There are a lot of ingredients in this so feel free to substitute as well, if you wish.


Cooked quinoa and bulgar wheat (about four tsbsp when uncooked)

Half a head of finely chopped broccoli
Two medium finely chopped carrots
Half a finely chopped aubergine (eggplant)
One- two tbsp sweetcorn
Finely chopped onion

Pistachios or other nuts
Mixed seeds

One tbsp sweet chili sauce
One tbsp soy sauce
One- two tbsp olive oil
Black pepper
One tbsp lemon or lime juice
One tsp minced ginger
One- two cloves crushed of garlic
Fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped

Firstly, chop up the carrots and broccoli really finely. Put into a Tupperware box with the sweetcorn.

Next, dump all the dressing ingredients on top. 

Put the lid on the box and give it a really good shake so that all the dressing mixes and covers the veg. Put the box in the fridge- it will need to marinate for a couple of hours.

Now, chop the aubergine up really little. Fry it on a low heat in a little oil. I used chopped nuts because I didn't have pistachios which don't taste great raw, so I roasted them as well with the seeds. I left the almonds raw though.

When the veg has been sitting for a few hours, you can finish the dish off, yay!
In a big bowl, put the quinoa, the aubergine/ nut mix, the finely chopped onion, almonds and the marinated veg with all it's dressing. 

Serve it up, and enjoy :)

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