Friday, 20 December 2013

Free Foods- Festive Foods - Red Quinoa Salad

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Red Quinoa Salad

Christmas and other festive times are always on those with various allergies or dietary restrictions. Here’s a light beauty for the scorching season ahead. You can even serve it for your Christmas lunch. 

This salad is quick to make – it’s gluten –free, low-cal, vegan, dairy free and with no added sugar. You can make it fat free too, if you omit the olive oil!

What more, you can chop and change all the ingredients – quinoa is a very generous host and will accommodate most salad vegetables and a range of seasoning.


½ cup red quinoa, washed and soaked in cold water for 30 minutes
½ cup boiled and cubed beetroot
½ cup cubed Lebanese cucumber
½ cup freshly shelled peas
8 cherry tomatoes cut into halves
1 carrot, lightly peeled and cubed
2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp chopped mint
1 tiny garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of half lemon
A pinch of Splenda for sweetness
Salt and pepper to taste


Wash and cook the quinoa in lightly salted water in a pan. Fluff up the grains with a fork and let cool completely. (The soaking makes it easier to rinse off the bitter saponins that coat the seeds)

Prepare the rest of the ingredients and chill for a while.

Transfer the quinoa into a salad bowl and stir in the chilled chopped vegetables and herbs.

Season with the olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic and salt and pepper.

Toss well and serve.

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