Sunday 21 May 2017

Pimped Quinoa Salad

I know; another quinoa salad recipe. This one is really good, so give it a go!

I've just made a huge batch for my lunches this week; it's versatile and easy to pair with so many things (or have it on its own!), so it's perfect for making in bulk.

To make about 5/6 portions, you'll need:

  • 1/2 pack uncooked mixed quinoa
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 beef tomato
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 2x table spoons smoked paprika
  • Pinch salt
  • 1x handful pine nuts 
  • Feta cheese to top (if you don't have feta, goat's cheese would be amazing) 

Cook your quinoa in a pan and add the smoked paprika, lemon juice and salt. This will need to cook for about 12/15 mins; make sure you stir every few mins.

As this is cooking, chop your pepper and onion and fry in a separate pan. Chop your cucumber and beef tomato, leaving to one side, and break open your pomegranate to get all the seeds out (FYI life hack... chop / break your pomegranate under water and the juice doesn't go anywhere...).

Once the quinoa is cooked and the water has been absorbed, rinse through in a sieve and stir in the onion and pepper. Place this in a new pan and allow to cool for ten minutes. Then, add the cucumber, tomato and pomegranate. Mix together thoroughly.

Top with feta & pine nuts and enjoy!

What I like about this dish is how easy it is to pair with other things, meaning it won't get boring as the week goes on...

Perfect partners:

* Roasted chicken breast
* 1/2 avocado
* Salmon fillet
* Spicy black beans
* My creamy smokey vegan chilli

Let me know if you try it! x



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