Quinoa Salad


Qiunoa salad

Quinoa salad


1 ½ cup                       quinoa

¼ teaspoon                 salt

3 ½ cup                       water

A bunch                       green/spring onions (roughly chopped)

½ cup                          raisins (roughly chopped)

A pinch                       cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon              distilled (wine) vinegar

2 tablespoons            lemon juice

1 tablespoon              olive oil

2 tablespoons            sesame oil

½ cup                         chopped fresh cilantro/flat leaf parsley

¼ cup                         chopped pecan nuts

Salt and pepper to taste


In a medium sauce pan, bring to the boil water quinoa and salt. Once it is bubbling reduce the flame to medium low, cover the pan, and simmer until the quinoa is tender (approximately 20-25 minutes). Take care not to burn the quinoa as the water will evaporate in this time (if there is water left, pour it through a sieve to drain the water). Transfer the quinoa it into large mixing bowl and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile in a separate bowl mix together the oil, vinegar, lemon juice and cayenne pepper to make the salad dressing. Once the quinoa is cool, pour the sauce/dressing into the bowl of quinoa, add the green onion, raisins, and cilantro/flat leaves parsley. Add the pecan nuts just before serving.

Serves 6 for a starter or 3 for a meal.