Quinoa salad recipe

Today I want to share my favorite new recipe developed by me specially for my current work place . Not only is it delicious it’s also super healthy, easy to make and low fat ! how could you do any better ?

You will need

  • 1 medium sized pot
  • 1.5 cups of quinoa
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 cup of sundried tomatoes
  • 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of pesto
  • 3 cups of water (for boiling quinoa)

If your experience with cooking quinoa is zero to none , first off don’t worry it’s simple , it’s a lot like cooking rice. If you’ve already done this like a gazillion times then disregard this first part and get down to real recipe .

To cook quinoa:

take 1 part quinoa (in this case 1.5cups) and 2 parts water (3 cups) combine in medium pot and simmer on a low heat I use 120celsius or 250fahrenheit (this may vary depending on how hot your stove runs) for about 20 minutes or until the water has cooked into the quinoa .

The recipe:

  1. cook your quinoa and put it to one side for now

    place quinoa to one side and sauté veggies

    place quinoa to one side and sauté veggies

  2. chop your peppers into medium sized pieces and your onion into small pieces (remember to remove the outer skin and woody core)
  3. sauté these in the olive oil on a low heat (I use 120celsius or 250fahrenheit)  until they are slightly tender, this will only take a few minutes, while the peppers and onion are sautéing roughly chop the spinach and sundried tomatoes
  4. then add spinach and sundried tomatoes and sauté for a couple more minutes , (be careful not to over cook them , the vegetables should still have a slight crunch to them when your finished)
  5. while the vegetable mix is still warm add the pesto and mix thoroughly
  6. then add the chickpeas (remember to strain and rinse them) and quinoa and mix thoroughly .
  7. give it a taste you can always add a little more pesto or a dash of your favorite spice if you feel it needs it .

Voila ! you’ve just made a tasty healthy dish that can be used in a variety of ways , in the restaurant we serve in cold as a salad , it can also be served warm as a main or side dish or used as a healthy alternative stuffing .

All done !

All done !

 

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