Thursday, 31 May 2012

Simple Scrumptious Salad. And healthy too!

One of the down sides of loving cooking and baking is that it’s not exactly conducive to a slim waist line. So last week, I started a diet. I’m not going to go on and on about that, because who really wants to hear about it, but I did find in it a surprisingly delicious recipe, that’s super healthy and nutritious, so I wanted to share it because I know for me, recipes like this are hard to come by.

Ingredients. Serves 2:
1/2C quinoa (super food that’s kind of like couscous, but packed full of nutrients, unlike couscous)
1C vegetable stock (although I would maybe use 50:50 stock and water, as 100% stock is a little too strong)
200g crunchy green beans
150g snow peas
200g cherry tomatoes, cut in half
50g baby spinach leaves
zest of 1 orange
20g macadamia nuts, chopped
1tbs chopped chives
2tsp olive oil
1tbs orange juice, make sure its fresh!
½ - 1 tsp minced garlic (although I have to say, I found thought of the raw garlic a little overwhelming in the salad dressing but given garlic is so good for you I kind of just went with it. A substitute could be garlic flakes if you’re worried, just make sure you make the dressing in advance so the flakes can soak up the liquid)

Put the 1C stock (or 1/2C stock and 1/2C water) on to boil, then add the 1/2C quinoa. Cover this and let it boil away until all the liquid is absorbed and then take it off the stove (around the 10min mark).

In the mean time, put the 200g of green beans in a container of boiling water, cover and let it stand for 4 mins (or until you’re happy with how cooked it is. I liked it at 4mins as it was nice and crunchy). Drain it immediately, then cover it in cold water to make sure they stop cooking. Do the same for the 150g snow peas, but only leave it for around 1min.

In a bowl, combine the quinoa, beans, peas with the 200g chopped cherry tomatoes, 50g spinach leaves and the zest of one orange.

To make the dressing, mix the 1tbs of orange juice, 1tsp of olive oil and 1/2 - 1tsp if garlic. If I wasn’t on a diet, I would have normally considered more oil, but to be honest, it doesn’t really need it. I was surprised.

Dress the salad, and sprinkle the 20g of chopped nuts and 1tsp of chives on top. Mix and serve.

So that’s it, a lovely, totally healthy salad that doesn’t take long to make. Hope you enjoy it!


  1. Qinoa is the new black - looks delissh!


    1. ...and don't you love that it's good for you too!! xx