Superfood Laced Quinoa Salad

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SO, you’re going for a lil dinner party and you haven’t the slightest idea what you’re going to bring. How unfortunate. Well I’m going to remedy this issue for you right now. Here are some things people like: colours, great flavas and different texture combos. My job as a holistic nutritionist is to not only deliver all of these things in a meal, but also bring people HEALTH BENEFITS from the realest of foods. This recipe is a cornucopia (I just had to use that word) of the aforementioned elements. Here’s why you need to create this salad for your next dinner party…

It’s Multi-coloured: This is a really easy concept to remember when eating or making a dish. Keep it colourful. Any whole food that has vibrant colours has high concentrations of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. AND different colours have different nutrients. When you combine different colours together you get a great spectrum of nutrients and cover many of your bases.

It’s Delicious: This is a big duh, obviously you want to bring a delicious dish to a dinner party. Why this is really important is because you are proving those naysayers wrong. Almost every engagement I go to there is at least one person, who for whatever reason has this misconception that vegetables taste awful and it’s a punishment to eat them. There is no disputing this dish is delicious and perhaps this can be a mind-opening experience for THAT person.

It’s jam packed with superfoods: A superfood is a term that nutritionists throw around a lot. No it’s not a clever marketing ploy to sell exotic foods. There are plenty of super foods in your life that you probably didn’t even know were classified as super foods. All it means is that this food has a very high density of nutrients in a small package. Some super foods in this recipe include quinoa, goji berries, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds. See Below!

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Superfood Laced Quinoa Salad

Salad Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup quinoa
  • 1 zucchini finely diced
  • 1 finely diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1 finely diced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup goji berries
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced mint
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced cilantro
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (soak for 15 mins prior)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove fresh minced garlic
  • pinch of sea salt, cayenne pepper and turmeric

method of preparation:

Bring the water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Take off burner and let quinoa cool for another four minutes. Place the peppers, zucchini, cilantro, mint, pumpkin seeds, goji berries and dried cranberries in a large bowl. Add in the cooked quinoa. Mix the lemon juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic and spices in a small bowl. Pour dressing over salad. Let cool in the fridge for a few hours. Voila!

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