Sprouted Quinoa Oriental Nut Salad

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Serves

    4

Appears in

The Quinoa Cookbook

The Quinoa Cookbook

By Penny Doyle

Published 2013

  • About

Sprouted quinoa, like any sprouted seeds, is highly nutritious, as your body gets the benefit of new little raw shoots that have lost nothing through cooking or storage. This tasty salad is crisp, raw and colourful, containing a good range of antioxidants as well as being a treat for both your body and your senses.

Ingredients

  • 75 g/3 oz broccoli, cut into bitesize florets
  • half of 1 yellow and half of 1 red (bell) pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 50 g/2 oz/½ cup cashew nuts
  • 15 ml/1 tbsp sesame oil
  • cups quinoa sprouts (from about 75 g/3 oz/½ cup quinoa)
  • 115 g/4 oz/½ cup beansprouts (that can be eaten raw)
  • 50 g/2 oz/scant ½ cup grated carrot

For the oriental dressing

  • 15 ml/1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 15 ml/1 tbsp mirin
  • 15 ml/1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ground black pepper

Method

  1. In a small pan of boiling water, lightly steam the broccoli florets for around 2-3 minutes until softened but still slightly crisp to bite.
  2. Toss the pepper and nuts with the sesame oil on an ovenproof tray. Place under a medium grill (broiler) for 5-6 minutes, until the nuts are brown and the peppers softened. Roughly crush the nuts with the end of a rolling pin.
  3. Place the quinoa sprouts, beansprouts and grated carrot in a medium bowl, then add the steamed broccoli, nuts and peppers.
  4. Make the dressing by shaking the ingredients together in a closed container, or whisking in a bowl.
  5. To serve, pour the dressing over the salad, toss and divide between four dishes. Serve as a side salad with grilled (broiled) meat or fish, or as a light meal topped with prawns (shrimp) or marinated tofu.

Variations

  • Using toasted sesame seed oil adds to the depth of flavour, but regular sesame or vegetable oil will be fine too.
  • Serve as a stir-fry. Before adding the dressing in step 4, stir-fry the ingredients in 15 ml/1 tbsp vegetable oil, pour over the oriental marinade and serve.

Nutritional Information: Gluten free with GF soy sauce Energy 203kcal/848kJ; Protein 7g; Carbohydrate 21g, of which sugars 7g; Fat 11g, of which saturates 2g; Cholesterol 0mg; Calcium 41mg; Fibre 2g; Sodium 269mg.