This orange infused quinoa salad has got to be one of my favourite salads.
Quinoa is great not only because of all it’s health benefits, but it’s also a versatile grain, which can be used in both hot and cold dishes, as well as sweet and savoury. It is naturally gluten free, packed with protein and one of the few plant foods around to contain all the essential amino acids.
This is a great recipe while the weather is beginning to warm up again, think summer BBQs and some exciting new salads to surprise your guests with this year… I’ve got plenty more in store for you!
1 cup mixed quinoa (rinsed thoroughly)
Juice from 1 orange
1 1/2 cups water
Bring to a boil and simmer until the quinoa absorbs all the liquid.
1 small cucumber, chopped finely
1 red & green pepper, chopped & partially boiled (if desired)
2 carrots, chopped
4 spring onions, chopped finely
2 tbsp currants/raisins
2 tbsp walnuts & 2 tbsp peanuts, chopped
Zest of 1 orange & lime
For the dressing:
3 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lime
2 tsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 small garlic clove, crushed
Bunch chopped coriander leaves, chopped finely
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Once quinoa has cooked and cooled add all the ingredients and mix thoroughly in a large bowl.
2. Top with the dressing, making sure the quinoa is coated evenly.
Can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.
I was born into a family of healthy eaters and from that my passion for healthy eating and all things good for you grew. I am very conscious about giving my body all the goodness that it deserves, especially in today’s fast-paced lifestyle where pre-packed ready meals and sugar loaded snacks are so easily available.