15 Min Vegetable Rice Quinoa Salad

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Quick vegetable rice salad recipe @ Recipes From A Pantry

I love quick and easy.

Which means I love this ready in 15 min veggie loaded rice and quinoa salad that has got weeknight suppers totally covered. I am talking a gazillion fresh crunchy vegetables (no cooking required) all mixed in with some brown rice and red quinoa (10 mins cooking required) and completed with a tiny splash of tamari soy sauce. Quick healthy goodness in a bowl. I hear your yummmmmmmms.

The cook in 10 mins rice and red quinoa are actually part of a fab hamper of quick cook grains I received from Clearspring. Their other products (especially their sushi rice, miso and noodles) have long been staples in my kitchen. I like using them as everything they produce is free from  GMO, artificial additives or refined ingredients and are organic as far as possible. And now that they have added these quick cook grains to their list, I like them even more.

Quick vegetable quinoa salad recipe @ Recipes From A Pantry

Please use this salad recipe as a guide. Throw in whatever vegetables you have left in your fridge in whatever combination that you like. For meat eaters you can easily thrown in some chorizo or some quick grilled bacon.  This salad is also great for lunchboxes,  gluten free and vegan diets.

I made this the third time for an impromptu supper party a few weeks back when OH told me with 30 mins to spare that he had guests coming over. Luckily it worked well with the three left over sauces I had in the fridge ie pesto, lemon yoghurt and sweet chilli sauce.

So here is my quick vegetable quinoa rice salad recipe and I would love to know what variations you would have in yours.

Quick vegetable rice salad recipe @ Recipes From A Pantry

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15 Min Vegetable Rice Quinoa Salad

A quick healthy vegetable loaded rice and quinoa salad that is gluten free, and wheat free
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • 150 g (1 cup) Clearspring quick cook rice and quinoa
  • 1-2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 4 cherry tomatoes chopped
  • 4 radishes sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 spring onions scallions sliced
  • 1 handful of salad greens


  • Add rice and quinoa into a pot of boiling water and simmer for 10 mins.
  • Drain rice and quinoa mix and let cool.
  • Add the rice and quinoa into a bowl and mix in all the other ingredients and serve.
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OH prefers the grains cooked for 15 mins so you can try that too and see what you prefer. Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a side.



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      1. Maybe I could serve it over Halloween and call it the devious salad Michelle, 😀

    1. I really like quinoa but find it difficult to get the red quinoa near me so it was good to be able to use the Clearspring combo pack.

  1. I love the idea of mixing rice and quinoa, Bintu! I’ve never used red quinoa either, so that intrigues me a bit.
    I think I’d add courgette and roasted peppers – I love Mediterranean veggies!

    1. Since this was meant to be a quick recipes I wanted to keep it all fresh and quick. But I am certainly on you with adding more veggies.

    1. Quinoa stir-fry sound really, really good. I have not yet tried that but on my to do list.

  2. I bet this is really tasty, I love the fact that you have the wonderful grains and can use up the fridge left overs. GG

  3. These quick cook grains are fabulous bintu and your salad looks healthy and delicious – just what I need.

  4. What a gorgeous salad! I too received this hamper and isn’t it fantastic! I’ve not tried the rice/quinoa combo yet though – bookmarking this recipe!

    1. Ohhhh – what recipes have you tried with these? I really like them and have so many more ideas with what to do.

  5. This looks so delicious. I’m not a fan of brown rice but I do really like quinoa. I have only ever had it sweet with honey but would love to try it savoury. I usually have a lot of salad left over in my fridge will have to try it with with that one day.

    1. The brown rice works rally well in this combo – honestly. Might be worth a try but if not then the salad should work to with just quinoa.