24 October 2011

Quinoa salad with tahini dressing

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After a weekend of sunshine, snoozes, yoga and relaxation, I woke up feeling rather refreshed this morning. Certainly a far cry from the illness that knocked me around last week, that's for sure.

I also continued my attempts to get in as many vegetables as I could over the weekend, particularly as my appetite started to return with a vengeance.

Starting with a tasty little quinoa and vegetable salad that made an appearance for lunch.

So simple, yet oh so delicious.

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And a perfect "pantry" cleaner.

I cooked a cup of quinoa in a mixture of water and vegetable stock, until the quinoa had softened and absorbed the water.

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Then it was simply a matter of combining the quinoa with a variety of vegetables I had on hand.

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Capsicum, cucumber, tomato and baby spinach.

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To finish, I made a simple tahini dressing to pour over the salad.

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And so lunch was served.

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Fresh, healthy, tasty….

Vegetarian and gluten free.

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And a tad addictive. Especially with the luscious creamy tahini dressing.

Quinoa salad with tahini dressing (serves 2-4)

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 red capsicum, finely diced
  • 1 green capsicum, finely diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 tomato, deseeded and diced
  • Handful baby spinach
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbs tamari
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • 1tbs water (or more or less to get desired consistency)
  1. Cook quinoa in water and stock, according to packet directions. Set aside to cool slightly, then stir through the vegetables.
  2. To make the tahini dressing: Whisk all ingredients together, adding more or less water to get your desired consistency.
  3. Divide salad among serving dishes and top with tahini dressing to serve.

What about you? How do you like to use quinoa?

9 comments :

  1. Oh yummy! Must make this one for sure. Great recipe, great blog.

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  2. I'm definitely making this. Looks awesome!!

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  3. oh looks wonderful. was wondering what to replace the wheat with!

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  4. I am giggling to myself here because your quinoa and spinach salad looks like it could be in a cook book, and my recent quinoa spinach combination (albeit with scrambled tofu, which I could use as a defence :P) looks like, well, not like it belongs in a book :) Impressive effort in ingredients and appearance!

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  5. Oh dear, you have just reminded me of leftover quinoa that has probably been in my fridge too long - might show that I don't eat quinoa as often as I would like to - love the tahini dressing - will have to try it

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  6. I am loving the idea of this tahini dressing!! Definitely must-try when I get home!

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  7. Glad to hear you're feeling better and CONGRATS on your announcement that you're having a girl!!
    Yay!!
    I love quinoa and use it in soups as well as in salad type side dishes as the one above. I just made a huge pot of veggie soup with quinoa instead of rice/pasta. So good!

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  8. I'm so glad you're feeling better! YAY! This looks utterly wonderful, my dear!

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  9. Mmmmm just right for tempting back your appetite!

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