As the weather gets a little colder, there’s a temptation to move to only cooked foods. However, a few salads here and there still have their place, especially for lunches-on-the-go, barbeques, or as a side dish to a warming winter’s meal like a lamb roast or slow cooked beef.
Here’s a simple wholefood quinoa salad that’s gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, and won’t make you feel chilly on the inside!
300g pumpkin, cut into cubes
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup quinoa (I’ve used white, but any colour will do)
2 cups chicken bone broth (or veggie stock)
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1 tbsp sesame seeds
3 tsp tamari
1 1/2 tsp honey
2 tsp tahini
1 tbsp + 1 tsp lemon juice
Let’s do this!
Using a fine strainer, rinse the quinoa well under running water.
Add the quinoa to a medium saucepan with the chicken broth. Bring to the boil, then simmer on a low heat, covered for 20 minutes. Take off the heat and leave to rest with the lid on for another 5 minutes.
Toss the cooked quinoa and pumpkin together in a bowl with the spinach leaves and sesame seeds.
To make the dressing, combine the tamari, honey, tahini and lemon juice. Drizzle on top of salad and serve.
Serves 4 as a side dish, or 2 as a main meal.
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