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Quinoa and Cranberry Salad

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Quinoa is one of the most popular 'superfoods' today. Much of its popularity comes from the fact that it contains a vast number of vitamins and minerals, and is one of the few plant foods that are considered as a complete protein. For those who are trying to stay in shape, quinoa is an excellent choice to include in the diet because it is healthy, filling and versatile. Try this healthy and fresh salad from Amanda Battley.

Ingeredients:

400 gm (2 cups) red OR white quinoa

100 gm (1 cup) coarsely chopped kale

10 gm (1/4 cup finely chopped) mint

40 gm (1/4 cup chopped) bell pepper

150 gm (1/2 med.) Lebanese cucumber

50 gm (1/4 cup chopped) Roma tomatoes

80 gm (1 small sized) finely chopped red onion

3 gm (1 tsp) chia seeds

40 gm (1/4 cup) slivered almonds

40 gm (1/4 cup) dried cranberries

7 gm (1 med. sized clove) garlic

Himalayan pink rock salt

Dressing

40 ml (2 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil OR coconut oil

1/2 med. sized lemon

7 gm (1 med. sized) clove garlic, crushed

3 gm Himalayan pink salt

pepper

Directions:

Put the quinoa and 4 cups of water in a saucepan and boil until seeds have opened. Place in the refrigerator to cool.Place quinoa in a bowl and mix with kale, mint, bell pepper,cucumber, roma tomatoes, red onion, chia seeds, almond slivers and dried cranberries.Dressing: In a small bowl, crush garlic, squeeze in juice of lemon, add extra virgin olive oil, mix, and season to taste with Himalayan pink salt and pepper.Place quinoa mix on plate and drizzle with dressing.

Dressing: In a small bowl, crush garlic, squeeze in juice of lemon, add extra virgin olive oil, mix, and season to taste with Himalayan pink salt and pepper.Place quinoa mix on plate and drizzle with dressing.

Enjoy!

              
Reprinted with permission of Amanda Battley for Hanging Rock Picnics
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