Quinoa Salad


This delightful, sunny recipe with one of my all time fave ingredients: quinoa, is from What to Eat and How to Eat It: 99 Super Ingredients for a Healthy Life by Renée Elliott, published by Pavilion Books.

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‘What to Eat and How to Eat it’ by Renée Elliott

Quinoa Salad
Image credit: Clare Winfield.

Being vegan, I adore this recipe.

Over to Renée:

My favourite way to eat quinoa is in a salad packed with a combination of steamed and raw veggies and sprouts, with a fabulous dressing. It’s a great way to use any veg you have in the house. For a change, serve this as a wrap with nori rolled around the outside.

Serves: 4
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes (while you’re chopping)


  • 150g/5½ oz/¾ cup red quinoa, soaked or toasted, then cooked
  • 150g/5½ oz broccoli, chopped and lightly steamed
  • 50g/1¾ oz spinach or kale, chopped and lightly steamed
  • 1 avocado, peeled, stoned (pitted) and chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 50g/1¾ oz seed sprouts
  • 50g/1¾ oz parsley, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1½ tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 21⁄2 tsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar


In a medium bowl, put the cooked quinoa, broccoli, spinach or kale, avocado, carrot, seeds sprouts and parsley.

In a small jar, mix all the dressing ingredients and shake until combined. Pour over the quinoa mix and toss until combined.


What to Eat and How to Eat It: 99 Super Ingredients for a Healthy Life by Renée Elliott, published by Pavilion Books.

Website: http://www.pavilionbooks.com/book/what-to-eat-and-how-to-eat-it/


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