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Published March 20th 2013
Get colourful with quinoa & add a boost to your health
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is one of the new superfoods quickly gaining popularity amongst the masses due to its wide range of health benefits.
Being gluten-free, it's great for those with gluten sensitivities, is a high quality protein containing 9 essential amino acids, and contains high levels of magnesium, together with copper, calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, potassium and zinc. Therefore it's an added bonus that it is a healthy base for salads, soups and breakfast cereals.
This is the first salad I have tried using Quinoa – it's colourful and light, and the tangy lemon dressing finishes it off really well.
Number of servings: 2 Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes - add extra time if you don't already have cooked sweet potato in the fridge.
Half a cup of quinoa One cup of water
12 prawns, peeled, cooked and deveined Half a mango-cut into small cubes Half a punnet of blueberries (approx. 70grams) Quarter of a red capsicum - chopped Half a cup of cooked sweet potato-cut into small chunks
Quarter of a cup of walnuts - chopped. I fried mine lightly in a frypan for a couple of minutes to bring out the flavour.
Colourful ingredients make for an appetising salad.
One & a half tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
A quarter tsp. of lemon zest
Two tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Approx. 12 fresh basil leaves - chopped
A quarter tsp. of ground black pepper (optional)
Rinse the quinoa, then place the quinoa and water in a microwave proof bowl and cook on high for 10 minutes. If it still looks too wet after 10 minutes, cook for another minute or so as the cooking time may vary depending on your microwave.
This recipe can be adjusted according to personal taste – you may prefer chicken instead of prawns, or could substitute other vegetables and fruit of your choice and make it a vegetarian dish. Healthy, colourful, light & satisfying – enjoy.