Mussel & Buckwheat Salad GF DF Low

Serves 4 entrée size


  • ½ cup raw buckwheat kernels
  • ~1kg medium black mussels
  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • ½ a choko, peeled, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 brussel sprouts
  • Canola oil
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • 4 large red cabbage leaves, trimmed


  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ tsp citric acid
  • 2 Tbls water
  • Salt to taste


  • In a saucepan over heat, dry roast the raw buckwheat for about 3-4 minutes, till slightly browned
  • Transfer to a pot of boiling water and simmer for 15 minutes with the lid off. The buckwheat should turn soft, but not mushy.
  • Remove from the heat and drain off the water
  • Meanwhile scrub the mussels and remove the beards
  • Add mussels to a pot of boiling water
  • Cook, covered for 10 minutes, or until the mussels open
  • Discard ones that do not open
  • Take from the water and keep 4 inside the shell for decoration. Remove the rest of the mussels from their shells and keep warm
  • While the mussels are cooking
  • Cut the green beans, shallot, choko, brussel sprouts and celery into small edible pieces
  • Add canola oil to a fry pan and stir fry the vegetables
  • Combine dressing ingredients and shake or stir well

To Serve

  • Add the cooked vegetables, mung bean sprouts, mussels and dressing to the buckwheat and fold through to combine
  • Spoon mixture evenly between the 4 red cabbage leaf ‘bowls’ & top with the mussel in its shell.
  • Place the cabbage leaves on plates and serve
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