‘Power pack’ quinoa salad
2019-02-01 00:00:00 -

Food by Bal Krishna Shrestha


‘Power pack’ quinoa salad


Quinoa is an edible seed from the Andes in South America and is one of the world’s most popular health foods. It is gluten-free, high in protein and fibre and contains many important nutrients: amino acids, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants such as flavonoids.

This quinoa salad is made with 11 other healthy and nutritious ingredients and qualifies as a ‘superfood’ salad.



Serves 8

200g quinoa (white, red or mixed)

400ml cold water

4 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 punnet cherry tomatoes

1 avocado, peeled and pitted

50g blueberries

50g pumpkin seeds

50g crushed walnuts

50g black olives


Baby spinach, handful

Salt and ground black pepper

   to taste


Rinse the quinoa in water and drain it well. Add to a saucepan with 400ml cold water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes.

Drain any excess liquid from the quinoa well. Add olive oil and mix well.

Transfer the quinoa into a big salad bowl and leave aside to cool.

Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, dice the avocado and add both to the quinoa.

Combine the rest of the ingredients — blueberries, rocket, spinach, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, olives, lemon juice, salt and pepper — into the quinoa. Mix the salad well and check your seasoning.



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