Winter Grains Thai Salad

1/2 cup (125 mL) whole spelt grains, soaked in 2 cups (500 mL) water overnight
1 cup (250 mL) uncooked quinoa, white, red, black, or multicoloured
1 Tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh lime juice
1 cup (250 mL) shredded red cabbage
1 cup (250 mL) shredded carrot
8 oz (225 g) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 cup (250 mL) bean sprouts, blanched
4 whole green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped cilantro
1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped roasted peanuts
Peanut sauce
1/3 cup (80 mL) smooth natural peanut butter
3 Tbsp (45 mL) sodium-reduced tamari soy sauce
1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup
2 tsp (10 mL) toasted sesame oil
2 tsp (10 mL) grated fresh gingerroot
Generous pinch of crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Rinse and drain soaked spelt in cold water several times. In medium saucepan, combine soaked spelt with 2 cups (500 mL) fresh water. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 1 hour, or until some of the grains have popped and remaining grains are tender. Drain and place in large serving bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, place quinoa, a pinch of salt, and 1 3/4 cups (435 mL) water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low; and simmer, covered, until water has absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat; let sit, covered, for 5 minutes; and then fluff with fork. Add cooked quinoa to bowl with cooked spelt and toss grains with extra-virgin olive oil and 1 Tbsp (15 mL) lime juice. Arrange shredded red cabbage, carrots, water chestnuts, and blanched bean sprouts on top.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk peanut butter and tamari together until smooth. Whisk in maple syrup, sesame oil, ginger, remaining 1 Tbsp (15 mL) lime juice, and red pepper flakes. Add more lime or tamari to taste, if you wish. Drizzle over salad, sprinkle with cilantro and roasted peanuts, and serve.

Serves: 6

Each serving contains: 374 calories; 14 g protein; 16 g total fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 49 g total carbohydrates (7 g sugars, 7 g fibre); 298 mg sodium

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