Summer is a time when you cannot beat a healthy, tasty salad for dinner. It can get a bit boring using the same ingredients so frequently so I’ve put together super-tasty super-food ingredients in this salad.
Start by cooking quinoa, place in a pan with water and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer on a mid heat for approximately 20 minutes. Quinoa is an excellent salad component, it is high in protein and low in fat. It’s actually the only plant based protein with the same amino structure as meat based proteins and I personally enjoy discussing that with people who question my veganism.
Whilst the quinoa is cooking I prep the vegetables. Chop mange tout and steam for a couple of minutes. Mange tout adds a fresh taste and a crunch to this meal.
Spinach is full of folic acid and an ideal addition. Chop baby leaf spinach roughly. As a cheat I’m actually using tinned canellini beans rather than dried and I use these to add even more protein and super veggies.
Finally have ready a handful of dried cranberries to add sweetness and antioxidants.
When the quinoa is cooked drain the water off and then mix the salad thoroughly. Serve with your choice of salad dressing and tuck in.