For a healthy meal, you can’t go past this quick but substantial salad. Low in fat, high in protein, gluten free and bursting with flavour. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has a nutty flavour with a slightly chewy texture. It is being called the new ‘super grain’ (even though it is a seed) because of its amazing health benefits.
Don’t skip the rinsing, the quinoa seeds are coated with saponins, which if not rinsed gives it a bitter taste. When cooked perfectly, quinoa will be slightly translucent, with a visible ‘tail’, which is actually part of the hull.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 50g sugar snap peas or snow peas
- 400g roasted pumpkin
- 4 handfuls rocket
- 4 spring onions, finely sliced
- 1 handful mint leaves, chopped
- 1 handful flaked almonds, toasted
- 50g feta, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons white condiment (white balsamic vinegar)
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ tablespoon of honey
1Heat saucepan and add quinoa to toast for a few minutes until it starts to crackle. Remove, rinse and then place back in the saucepan. Add stock and bring to the boil. Place a lid on the saucepan, reduce heat to medium–low and simmer for 15 minutes. Don’t lift the lid. When time is up, remove from the heat and stand for a further 5 minutes (without lifting the lid). Allow to cool slightly.
2Steam peas for 1 minute until they are bright green but still crisp. Drain, fill pot with cold water and drain again to stop them from cooking.
3To make dressing, shake ingredients in a jar until combined. Taste and adjust to your liking.
4Toss cooked quinoa, peas, pumpkin, rocket, onion and mint leaves together in a large bowl. Pour dressing over salad and combine. Sprinkle with flaked almonds and feta.
5Serve cold or warm.
Quinoa comes in a range of colours, so experiment a little. White quinoa is softer, while red and black quinoa are slightly crunchy and don’t stick together as much.
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