Quinoa, avocado and almond salad

Quinoa, avocado and almond salad recipe

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A vibrant and herby quinoa salad that's packed with fresh ingredients that makes a delicious light meal or side dish. It's perfect for vegans and helps you keep fuller for longer. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 387 calories / serving

Ingredients

    For the salad

    • 125g (4oz) quinoa
    • 50g (2oz) blanched whole almonds
    • 1 large avocado, halved, stone removed, peeled and cubed
    • 75g (3oz) rocket leaves
    • 4 spring onions, sliced thinly on the diagonal
    • 1 courgette, coarsely grated
    • 4 tbsp chopped parsley leaves
    • 6 tbsp chopped mint leaves

    For the dressing

    • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • juice of 1 small lemon
    • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
    • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped

Each serving contains

  • Energy

    1605kj
    387kcal
    19%
  • Fat

    30g 43%
  • Saturates

    5g 24%
  • Sugars

    4g 4%
  • Salt

    0.2g 3%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 21.4g Protein 9.4g Fibre 4.9g

Method

  1. Put the quinoa in a saucepan and cover with water, stir and bring to the boil over a medium-high heat. Turn the heat down to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid and cook for 15 minutes until tender. Drain and leave to one side.
  2. Meanwhile, put the almonds in a large, dry frying pan and toast over a medium heat for 5 minutes, turning once, until slightly golden. Remove from the pan and leave to cool.
  3. Squeeze a little of the lemon juice over the avocado to stop it turning brown, then put the rest of the juice, along with the remaining dressing ingredients, in a bowl, season, then whisk until combined. Set aside.
  4. Put the rocket in a large serving bowl with the spring onions, courgette, herbs, avocado and cooked quinoa. Pour on the dressing and combine gently. Scatter with the almonds before serving.

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