Coloured Quinoa & Rice Salad with Asparagus and Avocado Basil Dressing

Serves 4

  • 250g pouch of Rice and Quinoa (SunRice 90sec blend)
  • 1 tub cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bunch baby asparagus
  • A large handful of French green beans, trimmed
  • ¼ red onion, finely chopped

For the Dressing

I like to use my mini food processor all my dressing up quick sticks!

  • ½ a large ripe avocado
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • Juice of a lime
  • Juice of a small lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar will also work) 
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • A good pinch salt and pepper 


Simply wash and prepare all vegetable. Steam asparagus and beans for two minutes max and refresh in cold water.

For the dressing whizz all ingredients in food processor and season to taste. Set aside.

Open your quinoa and rice pouch and follow instruction on packet – it must be warmed in its packet in a microwave so don’t take it out!

In a large mixing bowl scatter cooked rice and quinoa mix, add chopped red onion, tomatoes, cooked beans and asparagus spears. Finally top with plenty of that gorgeous dressing and serve.

Any toasted nuts such as almonds or feta cheese could be added to your liking – play around! 

Coloured Quinoa & Rice Salad with Asparagus, Beans and Avocado Basil Dressing

SunRice have released a great range of mixed grains. The range is filled with exciting mixed varieties of quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, jasmine rice and many more. These are sensational time savers as the pouches take only 90sec zapped in the microwave, all in the bag! It means you can use them as a base for any healthy and hearty salad. Be creative - Toss them through roasted vegetables, raw vegetables, wilted greens & any fresh herbs u like. But dont stop there - keep building adding toasted nuts for texture and crunch, garnish with a chosen cheese if u like & always always finish with a kick ass dressing!!       

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