Quinoa & Raw Salad for 2

January 3, 2013

 

Black, Red or White Quinoa (or brown rice works as well).  Quinoa is easy to buy at Woolworths in 500g bags and is better for you.  

  • 1 raw corn cob (cut the kernels off)

  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped parsley

  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped mint (coriander is good as well.  Mint perfectly compliments beetroot though, in my opinion!)

  • 1/2 cup of shredded raw beetroot (don't bother peeling it, just give it a good scrub with a brush or cloth and water)

  • 1/3 cup of finely chopped shallot

  • 1/2 an avocado

  • 1/2 a lemon (juice only)

  • 1 level tbsp of olive oil

  • pepper, salt and chilli flakes to taste

*optional sprinkle with chia and/or sesame seeds (Woolworths)
*optional sprinkle crumbled feta
*optional add steamed or grilled chicken breast strips or a can of tuna
*optional one boiled egg

Cook up 1 cup of quinoa by using the stove top absorption method as you would cook rice.  Add 1 and 2/3 times water, bring to boil & then simmer until you hear the quinoa start to make popping sounds.  Take it off the heat, fork through and let sit for 5 minutes or more.
Add all ingredients to a nice big mixing bowl, stir and serve. 

P.S. You can cook a bigger batch of quinoa and keep in the fridge for the next day/s salads.  It's also great for breakfast with fruit and yoghurt.

 

Fast Fact: Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids - AWESOME for all you fitness fanatics :)

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