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Trail Mix Salad

Why not spin the popular snack into a full-on meal? This Trail Mix Salad features fruit and nuts mixed with whole grains and a lovely, fresh dressing. Super portable making it great for packing to school, work, or on hikes.

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Trail Mix Salad in a bowl with fresh lemons in the background

We love that this recipe is vegan and gluten-free and packed with all the things you love about trail mix – minus the chocolate chips of course.

Cold rice salads are awesome for the summer. You have to try this Italian rice salad too! It’s perfect for a summer BBQ.

Trail Mix Salad in a bowl with a jar of nuts and brown rice in the background

If you want to get in touch with your inner bohemian, try this Trail Mix Salad.

It’s a light dinner option, that just like its name suggests, is great for on the road to travel with you to work or school, just like regular Trail Mix.

Trail Mix Salad in a bowl ready to eat

The usual suspect like dried fruit, and nuts, only instead of chocolate chips, because that would be weird, I tossed in some chopped veggies and cooked brown rice.

A little homemade mustard & lemon vinaigrette work perfectly.

Salad in ingredients in a orange mixing bowl with dressing being poured over-top

Mine kept in the fridge for a full week and I loved digging into it when I was ready for lunch.

I even noshed away on a small bowl as a snack one night.

Trail Mix Salad - Vegan & Gluten Free

While I watched The Walking Dead.

Can anyone explain this?

Trail Mix Salad in a bowl with a linen napkin


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*Originally posted March 30, 2015. Updated April 30, 2019*

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Trail Mix Salad – Vegan & Gluten Free

Sharon Rhodes
Trail Mix Salad. Why not spin the popular snack into a full on meal? This Trail Mix Salad is vegan and gluten free and packed with all the things you love about trail mix (minus the chocolate chips of course). Dried fruit and nuts are mixed with whole grains and a lovely, fresh dressing. This is will be your go-to for hikes this spring and summer.
4.78 from 44 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 511 kcal



  • Cook the brown rice. I use –> this method
  • Meanwhile in a small jar, add all of the dressing ingredients, shake and set aside
  • Stir together the remaining ingredient in a large mixing bowl
  • Drain the rice and rinse well with cold water
  • Stir the rice with the nuts mixture. Shake the dressing again and pour over the rice mixture
  • Stir really well and serve


Calories: 511kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 7gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 26mgPotassium: 425mgFiber: 6gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 135IUVitamin C: 3.5mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 2.1mg
Keyword cold rice salad, cold rice salad recipes, trail mix salad
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    1. And it just gets better in the fridge! I ate this batch over three days and it tasted better every day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Alicia!

  1. 5 stars
    I am not a vegan/gluten free cook/baker specifically, but this recipe caught my eye and I made it the other night. My husband and I LOVE it! We ate almost the whole batch for dinner. He asked me to make more the next day so he could have it for lunch all week. I toasted my walnuts to give them more flavor, added sunflower seeds & used cranberries & Turkish Apricots for the first batch. The 2nd batch I used cranberries and blueberries. The dried fruit possibilities are endless. Also, my mother would like to try it but can not use mustard. What would you recommend as a good substitute? Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hey Jill! I have to say, I think this is my favourite comment I’ve received on my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that your husband will be eating this for lunch all week! Great idea to toast the nuts, and you are so right about the endless ways this can be customized. As far as the mustard, you could probably do without it. Maybe add a little juice or something to the dressing to give it a little zip. Have a fabulous long weekend, and thanks again for the wonderful comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 5 stars
    I think it’s a good choice for the Walking Dead. After all, they’re getting down to staples when they find provisions – everything else has spoiled. We watch it, too. My partner still can’t believe he’s hooked, as zombies are not his thing (mine either, really).

    Your salad is great – just the sort of thing that’s filling and satisfying, while also qualifying as healthy.

    1. Hey thanks Teresa! ๐Ÿ™‚ I really like that parallel there. They would be eating this salad. I wonder if Rick would like it? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Competition for Carol’s casseroles …

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