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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Vegan Quinoa Salad with Apple, Sultanas and Sunflower Seeds

When I make salads they always seem to turn out better spare of the moment, when I plan to make one and don’t already have an idea of what I want I just expect greatness and it always falls short. This salad I have our lack of things I was craving entirely to thank. I wanted pomegranate, feta, dried cranberries, apricots, maybe not all together it was more “oh I really want this...hmm we don’t have that, oh what about this....nope don’t have that either”. I was originally going to put goats cheese in the salad as well but just stuck with seeds as I wasn’t really all that hungry and spending all day feeling a little under the weather with not much appetite I figured I should just whip up something healthy. I know this is going to become one of those salads I want to make for everyone because it's so simple and tastes so good. You will need
¼ cup of quinoa plus water for cooking
½ granny smith apple
juice and zest of half a lemon
2 spring onions
4 radishes
handful of sultanas
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
large handful of lambs lettuce and watercress

Cook the quinoa and leave in the saucepan with the lid on to fluff up and cool down.
Cut up the apple into small pieces and place in a bowl, zest and juice half of a lemon into the same bowl as the apple and mix to coat the apple in the juice. Cut up the spring onions and radishes and add them with the sultanas to the bowl with the apple and mix. Once the quinoa has cooled add the oil and lightly season with salt and pepper. Add the apple mixture and most of the sunflower seeds to the quinoa and mix then add the lambs lettuce and watercress and toss. Serve and sprinkle with the remaining sunflower seeds

Serves 1

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