With only 6 ingredients and taking just 10 minutes to make, it’s hard to find a reason not to whip this salad up as a Christmas table side, or speedy winter evening dinner. The spiced chestnuts and grains make this a really hearty meal, with a good protein hit from the nuts and a satisfying crunch from the cabbage.

Cooking time: 10 minutes / Serves: 2


160g savoy cabbage 

1 250g pouch of Merchant Gourmet Spiced Grains & Chestnuts with Wild Rice & Cranberries 

1 tbsp olive oil 

30g pecans, roughly chopped 

30g dried cranberries, roughly chopped 

10g fresh thyme, leaves removed 


  1. Finely shred the cabbage and place in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water and blanch for 4-5 minutes or until vibrant green and softened slightly. Drain well and return to the bowl.  
  2. Meanwhile, heat the grains in the microwave as per the packet instructions. Add to the bowl with the olive oil and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Toss together with the pecans and cranberries, reserving some to serve, then divide between two bowls.  
  3. Top with fresh thyme leaves and the remaining pecans and cranberries.  

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