Quinoa, Bean & Herb Salad

Quinoa, Bean & Herb Salad

I want to both love and hate quinoa. Love because I am a sucker for any health fad and hate because I hate myself for being a sucker and seriously quinoa you are not in the same league as rice, pasta or potatoes! That being said I do like this salad, delicious with a roast or by itself if being extra virtuous, riff on this salad by adding different vegetables or nuts, or adding rocket instead of beans. Most quinoa is imported and there a serious environmental concerns about the impact of quinoa farming  on the forests of South and Central America where most quinoa is grown try to use Australian quinoa such a Mount Zero (sold at Wiffens.)

Serves 4

Preparation time 20 mins including cooking

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa bring to the boil with 600ml water then simmer for 10-15 mins until just tender (make sure you rinse before and after cooking)

3 handfuls green beans top, tailed and halved and boiled or steamed until tender

1/2 red onion finely chopped

50 ml olive oil

20 ml red wine vinegar

Juice of half a lemon

15 cherry tomatoes halved

Handful of herbs such as parsley, basil, mint or chives chopped.

Handful of cheese such as goats cheese or good quality feta or 1 pack haloumi (we like the Aphrodite brand sold at Wiffens) fried  until golden (don”t fry in oil as cheese becomes rubbery).

Method

Add red onion to a large bowl then add olive, lemon juice,  vinegar a pinch of sugar and salt and pepper to taste.

Add quinoa,  beans, cherry tomatoes, cheese if using and herbs. Mix season to taste and enjoy.


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