Seeded Quinoa Salad

Serves 6
by Tenina Holder

Now to the real reason you are here; To LIKE my healthy recipe….not often that I indulge in healthy recipes so frequently, but here I am dishing up another one! I am loving quinoa right now, it is filling, I know it is good for me, plus it is tasty and low carb…I eat it for breakfast, I now eat it for dinner in the form of this salad amongst others. There are many varieties available but this salad calls for white, red and black.Very pretty and so tasty, and did I mention, so low carb…it ticks all the boxes! You can really shake it up with as many options as you like, so it is widely adaptable to all tastes and palates…go ahead, you can quinoa!

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Need

  • 170 g mixed coloured quinoa as desired, soaked in enough water to cover for minumum 30 minutes
  • Water for steaming
  • 1 lebanese cucumber, diced
  • 1 red capsicum, diced
  • 4 spring onion/shallots, sliced on the angle
  • 100 g dried cranberries
  • 3 sticks of celery, sliced
  • 100 g mixed of toasted seeds (I used sunflower, sesame, pepitas and linseed)
  • 100 g peanuts, roasted
  • A few italian parsley leaves
  • A few handfuls of mixed salad greens
  • Dressing
  • 1 - 2 cloves of garlic (20g)
  • 60 g tamari or soy sauce
  • 80 g fresh lemon juice
  • 100 g Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOO BUY

Do

1  

Drain quinoa and place into simmering basket. Fill TM bowl to 1L mark with water and set basket into bowl.

2  

Steam quinoa 15 min/100ºC/speed 2. Remove basket from bowl and set aside to cool.

3  

Meanwhile prepare the rest of the salad by combining all remaining salad ingredients, except salad greens in large bowl.

4  

Make dressing by placing all ingredients into TM bowl and blending 20 sec/speed 8.

5  

Pour over prepared salad and add quinoa. Toss gently, arrange on top of bed of salad greens.

6  

Garnish with additional seeds, nuts, spring onions etc.

More

This is fantastic with BBQed or roasted meat, as part of a buffet, or just as a light lunch with crusty bread. Enjoy….you can almost feel a rousing chorus of Kum Bah Ya coming on as you eat this oh-so-healthy veggie treat! 

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