Simla’s Easy Grain Salad

by Simla on March 15, 2010

This recipe was born when I was staring at a bunch of leftovers in my fridge one day, wondering what the heck I was going to eat for a quick but satisfying lunch on a busy day… Sounds like a lot of ingredients, but it’s really just a bit of this and a bit of that. Aim for organic ingredients.

Prep time: 5-7 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes (if cooking grains from scratch) – otherwise, 10 minutes or less

Single serving as a main dish, or 2 servings as a side dish.
Double the recipe for bigger servings or more people as this dish goes fast!


1 cup cooked quinoa or any other favorite grain, freshly cooked or leftovers

¼ cup frozen shelled peas or frozen snap peas

1 TBS frozen sweet corn, straight from the bag

2 TBS frozen shelled edamame, straight from the bag

2-3 heaping TBS of drained, canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas) or any other canned beans you have on hand

1-2 leaves of any leafy green, torn into bite-size pieces, raw, lightly steamed or sautéed in 2 TBS water for 5 minutes

1 TBS slivered almonds or raw pumpkin seeds or pine nuts

1 TBS parsley, washed and de-stemmed, or finely chopped with stems on

1 TBS lemon juice or more, to taste

Drizzle of olive oil (about 2 tsp)

Salt & Pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare quinoa / other grain. If using leftovers, sprinkle with 3-4 TBS of water and place in small pot over low heat to warm up the grain. Stir to evenly distribute the added water.
  2. In small skillet, break leafy greens into bite-size pieces, and sauté in 2 TBS water for 5 minutes (if cooking; otherwise, leave raw).
  3. Add sautéed greens and all other ingredients to pot of grains. Stir and keep on low to low-medium heat until heated through.
  4. Serve warm in the winter or cool in the summer – Enjoy!



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This recipe is shared with you courtesy of Simla Somturk Wickless, MBA, CHC, CNE, and founder of Delicious Health, Inc., a health, nutrition, and lifestyle consultancy whose mission is to transform busy bodies into healthy, balanced beings (TM). Learn more about Delicious Health at or Have a deliciously healthy day!

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