I have an abundant herb garden, especially in spring, and so this recipe was just a way of utilising those beautiful herbs...they are so fragrant and green and just straight up delicious. You could really replace any of the herbs listed with leafy herbs of choice. And add more, be generous, the flavours all work well together. I do love my Cobram EVOO as well. Another layer of easy flavour.
SO, cue half a BBQ-ed cow, or some fish/chicken/lamb, and I am pretty sure you will love this all summer long.
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- 100 g quinoa (I used a mixed blend, but any colour is fine)
- water for rinsing and steaming
- Handful fresh mint leaves
- Handful fresh coriander leaves
- Handful fresh Italian parsley leaves
- 4 spring onions, sliced on the angle
- 2-3 soft skinned lemons
- 1 400g tin chickpeas, drained
- 100 g Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) EVOO BUY
- 2 tsp dried chilli flakes
- 2 tsp Pink Salt Flakes pink salt flakes BUY
- 100 g slow roasted almonds (see note)
Rinse the quinoa really well and place into the simmering basket. Insert basket into Thermomix bowl and pour steaming water over until you can just see it as you tip the bowl on an angle.
Steam quinoa 20 min/100°C/speed 3.
Meanwhile prepare the rest of the salad.
Chop or tear all herbs roughly and place into large serving bowl or platter. Add spring onions.
Cut the lemons into wedges and remove the flesh and dice. This is not easy unless you have a great knife. Also the lemons need to have a soft skin and plenty of juice. Add the diced lemons to the salad bowl.
Add chickpeas and drained and slightly cooled quinoa. Drizzle the whole lot with the EVOO and sprinkle with chilli and salt flakes. Toss gently to combine.
Garnish with slow roasted almonds. This salad will keep quite well for at least 24 hours, covered in the fridge.
I like to toast my almonds very quickly usually, but for them to stay crunchy in this salad it is good to slow roast them. Place them onto a tray in an oven set to 160°C and roast for 30 minutes. Cool before using.