My favourite quinoa salad with pomegranate and pistachios

This started life as an Ottolenghi recipe, but over the years it’s been adapted time and time again. I’ve now settled with this one which is definitely my favourite version. It’s a perfect salad to have up your sleeve for all the bbq’s and family get-togethers this time of year. It also makes a brilliantly healthy lunch.

It’s very healthy and goes great with fish, lamb and chicken especially but I often eat it straight from a bowl.

My favourite quinoa salad

My favourite quinoa salad

My favourite quinoa salad

To make my favourite quinoa salad you will need:
70g shelled pistachio nuts
1 red onion
70g rocket
225g ready to eat quinoa
100g spring or continental salad onions
100g pomegranate seeds
Dressing:
zest and juice of 2 limes
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 crushed garlic clove
olive oil
salt and pepper

Ingredients for my favourite quinoa salad

Let’s get started, this is a nice quick recipe. Start my chopping your onion thinly

Onions for my favourite quinoa salad

Then gently toast the pistachios and cook the onions in a little olive oil. You want the pistachios to have a little colour and the onions to be soft and caramelized, but not overly coloured

Cooking ingredients for my favourite quinoa salad

Put the onions and pistachios aside to cool. Now let’s start the zesty dressing. Juice and zest the 2 limes

Limes for my favourite quinoa salad

Add to that the juice of 1/2 a lemon

Squeezing a lemon for my favourite quinoa salad

Time to add the olive oil. Now, I’ve never quite understood why you need to add quite sooo much oil to a dressing. Sure it’s not bad for you, but a little will do you enough good, I feel, without greasing up the salad! There I’ve said it

Making the dressing for my favourite quinoa salad

This is how much I use, but fill your boots, it’s entirely up to you, of course

Making the dressing for my favourite quinoa salad

Now add the crushed garlic and salt and pepper (to your taste)

Dressing for my favourite quinoa salad

Give it a good mix with a fork. B e a utiful.

The dressing for my favourite quinoa salad

Now all you have to do is assemble it all. Get a good sized bowl and add the rocket and quinoa together

Making my favourite quinoa salad

Now slice up and throw in those lively salad onions

making my favourite quinoa salad

Now pour over your amazing dressing

Making my favourite quinoa salad

Making my favourite quinoa salad

Give it a good ol’ mix

making my favourite quinoa salad

Now all that’s left to do is add the decorative ingredients. The jewel like pomegranate…

Making my favourite quinoa salad

Those sweet juicy onion slices…

Making my favourite quinoa salad

and finally the bright green crunchy pistachios

Mixing up my favourite quinoa salad

Now, just mix up the salad gently a bit. You don’t want the best stuff to hide at the bottom

My favourite quinoa salad

And enjoy – it’s health in a bowl!

My favourite quinoa salad

My favourite quinoa salad

My favourite quinoa salad

My favourite quinoa salad

So, there you have it, my very favourite quinoa salad. Give it a try, it’s so easy! Tell, me if you substituted anything to make it your own.

Enjoyed this? More healthy food on the blog includes my banana pancakes with blueberries or my grain free granola

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