- 100g pitted Spanish green olives, drained
Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…
- bunch spring onions (150g)
Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…
- 1 tsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 750g cooked mixed grains and rice (or 3 x 250g pouches)
Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…
- 3 tbsp sherry or red wine vinegar
- 100g sundried tomatoes, sliced
- 50g flaked almonds, toasted
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…
- 50g manchego shavings or vegetarian alternative (optional)
Manchego is a popular, rich, creamy sheep's milk cheese that comes from the La Mancha region…
Thread the olives onto metal or bamboo skewers. Heat a griddle pan or light the barbecue, then when the flames have died down and the coals are white, toss the spring onions with the oil and grill for 8-10 mins to cook until tender. Grill the olives for a few mins, turning regularly, until they look a little charred. Remove the spring onions from the grill and cut into bite-sized pieces. Remove the olive skewers from the grill.
Heat the grains and rice pouches, if using, in the microwave for 2 mins until warm. Toss with the vinegar, some seasoning and the sundried tomatoes with a little drizzle of the oil from the jar. Leave for a few mins for the dressing to be absorbed.
Toss the olives, spring onions, toasted almonds and celery into the rice. To serve, stir through the manchego, if using, and season to taste.
Cooking with olivesCharring olives makes them juicier as well as giving great texture and depth of flavour.
Keep it veganTo ensure the salad is vegan, use cider vinegar (or check the label on the red wine or sherry vinegar), omit the manchego and top with extra flaked almonds or whole toasted almonds, roughly chopped. You can also add 4 tbsp raisins, for sweetness, if you like.