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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Lime, Avocado & Grape Vegan Quinoa Salad


Do you have those meals you always make when you don’t know what to eat? My mum’s is egg and chips; it’s sort of become a running joke. When I don’t know what to eat and I feel like I should be eating something healthy my go to salad is my Vegan Quinoa Salad with Apple, Sultanas and Sunflower Seeds, it’s probably one of my favourite salads and is ridiculously easy to whip up, although now this blog post sounds a little bit like an advert for that salad (p.s. You should check out that salad if you like quinoa salads; it’s delicious).
I’ve been eating a lot less meat recently, not as a rule just more of a ‘it happened and now I’m slightly avoiding it where I can’ because I sometimes find that meat free life agrees with me more so I figured another “go to” vegan quinoa salad under my belt would be useful so I’m not absentmindedly eating the same thing all the time.

I’m definitely torn between which salad is better which surprised me because avocados aren’t my favourite; I usually need to eat them with something to cut the creaminess because I’m not much of a fan of creamy foods. I always think it’s good to try things you’re not too sure about again or with other foods to find a way to make them enjoyable and even though I wanted a salad to go along side the other one as a regular I wasn’t expecting to love it this much. Grapes and avocados together? I’m sold! This is probably the most I’ve enjoyed an avocado and I think I might be putting them in the shopping basket from now on.
You will need
¼ cup of quinoa plus water for cooking
2 spring onions
4 radishes
handful of red grapes
juice and zest of half a lime
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
large handful of lambs lettuce and rocket
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
½ avocado

Cook the quinoa and leave in the saucepan with the lid on to fluff up and cool down.
While the quinoa is cooling slice the radishes, spring onions and halve the grapes. Once the quinoa has cooled add the lime zest, juice and olive oil then lightly season with salt and pepper. Add the radishes, spring onions and grapes to the quinoa and mix until combined. Place the lambs lettuce and rocket on a large plate and spoon on the qunioa mixture, top with pumpkin seeds and sliced avocado.

Serves 1

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