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Quick Quinoa Salad

gluten free
wheat free
quick meals, fast feeds
low fat low sugar, diabetic friendly
1 spoon difficulty rating

10

Serves: 2

Quick Quinoa Salad

This can be made really quickly if you use pre-cooked quinoa (eg Merchant Gourmet) and makes for a very healthy, delicious and protein-rich lunch, dinner or side salad. There are no strict rules so feel free to add your favourite veggies, tofu, seeds and dressing! 

Ingredients: 

  • 250g/1 packet pre-cooked quinoa (eg Merchant Gourmet) OR 1½ cups uncooked quinoa, thoroughly rinsed and left to dry in the sieve
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ½ tin cannellini beans (or any beans of your choice), drained and rinsed
  • Handful ready-made croutons
  • 150g marinated tofu, diced (or use pre-cooked seitan or tempeh... lightly fried on each side)
  • 2 handfuls cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • ¼ red onion, finely diced
  • Handful mixed seeds
  • Handful fresh herbs of your choice (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Basic dressing 

(make your own or buy a ready-made dressing eg French dressing or balsamic. You can use tahini or get indulgent with Follow Your Heart blue cheese dressing

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 1 tsp vegan syrup (eg maple or agave)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Method: 

If cooking quinoa from scratch:

  1. Heat a little oil in a medium saucepan and add the rinsed and dried quinoa. 
  2. Fry for a couple of minutes and then add 2 ¼ cups water to the pan. 
  3. Bring to the boil then cover and simmer on low-med until all the water has been absorbed (around 15 minutes)... keep checking regularly. 

If using pre-cooked quinoa:

  1. Add the quinoa to a large bowl and stir through a bit of olive oil and salt to soften it up. 
  2. Add all of the other ingredients to the bowl and stir through. 

Dressing

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a mug or shake up in a jar. 
  2. Add to the salad and stir through. 

 

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