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Black quinoa salad with a celery seed dresssing.

You can see that once the quinoa is cooked, it goes fluffy and
you can see the little white "threads" inside.

We used citrus fruits in this salad, but you can use
cherry tomatoes, artichokes, nuts or other salady ingredients.

By Marta Blaszscyk at Healthy Supplies

Black Quinoa Salad with Celery Seed Dressing - Recipe

  • With black quinoa, celery seeds, mustard and paprika flavourings.
  • Ideal as a light lunch or side salad.
  • Serves 2.

Ingredients (Healthy Supplies)

  Black Quinoa, Organic 450g (Infinity Foods)
100g of black quinoa. Quinoa makes a great alternative to rice or cous cous, and is high in protein, a good source of fibre, and free from gluten. Black quinoa tastes the same as white quinoa, and has the same nutritional profile, but of course adds a striking colour to any meal.

  Hampshire Foods Celery Seeds 50g
1 teaspoon of celery seeds. Celery seeds do actually taste a bit like celery, and enhance the flavour of any salad.

  Mustard Powder 50g (Hampshire Foods)
1 teaspoon of mustard powder. This powder is the pure seeds of the mustard plant, and have the familiar mustard taste. Mustard powder adds a "lift" to any meal, but of course should be used in moderation as it can be overpowering if used in excess.

  Lemon Juice 250ml (Sunita)
150ml of lemon juice is the basis of the dressing.

  Buy Coconut Sugar Online | Healthy Supplies
Coconut sugar should be added to taste - around 3 or 4 teaspoons - to offset the acidity of the lemon juice and the citrus fruits. Coconut sugar has a rich taste, like a subtle version of muscovado.

  Hampshire Foods Spanish Smoked Paprika 50g
1 teaspoonful of spanish paprika will round off the flavour. This is a low-heat paprika, but with a smoky aroma. You can use the sweet paprika if you prefer a plainer taste.

  Puy Type Lentils in Water, Organic 400g (Biona)
1 can of organic puy lentils. These green lentils are of the same variety as puy lentils, but because they are not grown in France, they are not allowed to be called puy lentils! But they are really the same.

  Atlantic Sea Salt Crystals, Organically Approved 250g (Geo Organics)
A pinch of salt.

Other Ingredients

You can use whatever salad ingredients you like, according to taste. We used the following:
  • 2 oranges.
  • 2 avocados.
  • 1 grapefruit.

Method

  1. Rinse the quinoa thoroughly several times. Quinoa can often have a bitter coating, so this rinsing will wash it all off.
  2. Put the quinoa in a saucepan with a fitting lid.
  3. Cover with boiling water, to a depth of 5cm above the level of the quinoa.
  4. Bring to a simmer, then turn the heat down. Put on the lid and leave on a low heat for 15 minutes.
  5. Empty the can of lentils (including water) into a small saucepan, and heat for 3 minutes.
  6. Drain the lentils.
  7. Mix the lemon juice, sugar, celery seeds, mustard, paprika and salt in a bowl. Whisk thoroughly.
  8. Chop the oranges, avocado and grapefruit.
  9. Check that the quinoa is cooked. When quinoa is fully cooked, it will go fluffy with little white "threads" visible. Look for the threads and you will know that it is cooked!
  10. There should be no need to drain the quinoa if cooked using this method. Keep cooking on a low heat until all of the water has evaporated.
  11. Finally, combine the quinoa, lentils and fruit. Pour over the dressing and give it a final mix.

Other thoughts

  • Many people undercook quinoa because they don't wait for the grain to open up and the threads to emerge. This is a shame, because it tastes far better when cooked correctly!
  • The "threads" are, as you might expect, the plant embryo inside. This is the best bit, and it's very high in protein!
  • The "steaming" method of cooking quinoa will also work with rice, buckwheat, cous cous, millet and other grains. The steam fluffs up the grain, and the water evaporates - so there is no need to drain it afterwards. Resist the temptation to stir the quinoa: this will settle the grain and destroy the fluffiness. Keep the pan on a low heat, and you can ignore it for 15 minutes!
  • Note that quinoa fluffs up quite a lot, which is why it uses a little more water than for rice.
  • This salad will also work with nuts, artichokes and other salad favourites such as tomatoes, egg and salmon.


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