A quick and healthy quinoa salad filled with grated vegetables, tossed with an avocado herb dressing, and finished with toasted nuts, seeds and micro greens. Simple, delicious, impressive.
This plant powered meal is easy to prepare and super satisfying. If you are cooking for guests, adding toasted nuts and seeds and freshly cut micro greens will dress it up perfectly.
I love how these beautiful gluten free grains (or pseudo-grains) are alkalizing to the body and provide such a vast array of nutrients.
Quinoa, the ‘Mother Grain’, is a good source of calcium and iron. It also contains phosphorus for healthy bones, the antioxidant vitamin E, and B vitamins.
One cup of cooked quinoa gives you about 8g of quality protein, providing all the essential amino acids.
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Green Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup quinoa
- Half an avocado
- Handful of coriander
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- One zucchini grated
- Large handful of fresh herbs: mint parsley, oregano
- One stalk of celery finely chopped
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup pine nuts
- Micro greens
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Pop the quinoa in a sieve and rinse well, then add to 2 cups of cold water in a pot, bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
- In a hand held stick blender, blitz the avocado, coriander, olive oil and salt to make a green sauce.
- Fold this through the cooked quinoa with the zucchini, fresh herbs and celery.
- Gently toast the sunflower seeds and pine nuts, then sprinkle over the quinoa salad.
- Top with freshly picked micro greens and fresh herbs, season with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
I made this tonight and it was good! Next time I will cool and fluff up the grains, as mine was a bit of a lump in the end.
Sarah | Well and Full
This looks so delicious and healthy! 🙂
Thank you Sarah, it is pretty scrummy!
Kevin DynOmight Cundiff
Angie Erickson Stevens
Looks like a keeper.
What a beautiful and healthy way to make quinoa.