Sunday, 26 January 2014

Quinoa Superfood Salad

If you have found yourself falling off the January detox bandwagon (or Zoe's Apple Strudel led you astray) then this salad is the ideal tasty-yet-virtuous dish to get you back on the straight and narrow. This is my simplified student-friendly version of Gizzi Erskine's Superfood Salad recipe, and is as packed with colour and flavour as it is with healthy, nutritious goodness. I've seen quinoa recipes popping up all over the place for ages now, and after trying it in this dish I am converted. When cooked properly it is totally delicious, satisfyingly filling, and full of flavour, not bland in the slightest as I have found before. The key is toasting it in a dry pan before simmering in water, as it adds a rich nutty taste that I think is difficult to get with alternatives such as couscous. Great for lunch or as a light supper, this salad can be served solo, or for something a little more substantial top with shredded chicken or some flaked trout or salmon. 

To serve one person you will need...


1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard


60g quinoa
1 strip of lemon peel
A pinch of dried mixed herbs
Salt & pepper

1 large chopped handful kale, blanched for 30 seconds in boiling water (substitute with broccoli if you can't find kale)
1/2 avocado, chopped
1 spring onion, sliced
1 cooked beetroot, (I buy the pre-cooked vacuum packed ones from any supermarket) chopped
4 radishes, thinly sliced
1 chicken breast (cooked and shredded) or 1 fillet salmon/trout (cooked, skinned and flaked) 

You will need to...

- Put the quinoa into a small, dry saucepan and toast on a fairly high heat for a few minutes until golden brown. Keep shaking it around the pan to stop it burning.

- Pour over roughly 120ml water, add in your lemon peel, herbs and seasoning and cover with a lid. Bring to the boil and simmer for ten minutes, then remove from the heat but keep the lid on and leave to steam for a further five minutes.

- To make the dressing, combine the mustard, oil and lemon juice - season to taste. 

- Drain the blanched kale well with kitchen paper and stir into the cooked quinoa. Stir in the avocado, spring onion, beetroot, radishes and dressing, ensuring everything is well combined and coated with the mustardy dressing. 

- Serve with your chicken or fish ontop.

Enjoy! C x

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