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.
To make my favourite quinoa salad you will need:
70g shelled pistachio nuts
1 red onion
225g ready to eat quinoa
100g spring or continental salad onions
100g pomegranate seeds
zest and juice of 2 limes
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 crushed garlic clove
salt and pepper
Let’s get started, this is a nice quick recipe. Start my chopping your onion thinly
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
Put the onions and pistachios aside to cool. Now let’s start the zesty dressing. Juice and zest the 2 limes
Add to that the juice of 1/2 a lemon
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
This is how much I use, but fill your boots, it’s entirely up to you, of course
Now add the crushed garlic and salt and pepper (to your taste)
Give it a good mix with a fork. B e a utiful.
Now all you have to do is assemble it all. Get a good sized bowl and add the rocket and quinoa together
Now slice up and throw in those lively salad onions
Now pour over your amazing dressing
Give it a good ol’ mix
Now all that’s left to do is add the decorative ingredients. The jewel like pomegranate…
Those sweet juicy onion slices…
and finally the bright green crunchy pistachios
Now, just mix up the salad gently a bit. You don’t want the best stuff to hide at the bottom
And enjoy – it’s health in a bowl!
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.
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