Pomegranate, Rice and Mung Bean Salad

Daniel Nicholls - Sunday, March 06, 2016

Written by Mussarrat Butt


2 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups cooked mung beans
2 cups fresh pomegranate seeds
1 cup chopped coriander (could also use flat leaf parsley, mint or any combo of your favourite herbs)
1 cup chopped spring onions
Unprocessed salt like Celtic or Himalayan to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp pomegranate powder  
1 tsp dried mint (or use fresh)
Virgin Olive oil (3-4 tablespoons)
Fresh lemon to taste


  1. I mixed the pre-cooked brown rice/mung beans and then added all my seasonings (salt, black pepper, pomegranate powder, dried mint and olive oil). In this way, the blander base of rice/mung ingredients are properly seasoned to my taste.
  2. Next, I added the pomegranate seeds
  3. I then added the freshly chopped spring onions
  4. Finally I mixed in chopped coriander and had a quick taste.

This salad develops flavor as it sits.

Just before serving I like to add some extra olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon.


I love eating this type of salad on its own or with fresh green leaves and some chicken, fish or tangy goat's cheese on the side.


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