Whether or not you’re in search of a lunch field concept, a potluck dish or a light-weight meal, this uncooked beet quinoa salad is a superb alternative. It’s vivid, gentle, simple and scrumptious. To not point out versatile too.
I all the time discover it a little bit humorous once I submit recipes which have a very good quantity of beets in them as I didn’t develop up with them. By that I don’t imply we couldn’t get them, but it surely was one of many few issues my mum didn’t like so we by no means had them at residence.
I feel it’s that she solely knew these overly vinegar-y pickled ones moderately than working with the uncooked vegetable itself. I preserve that means to check out a few of my favorites on her, like golden beet and avocado toast, winter beet salad with goat’s cheese dressing or beetroot tarte tatin. In some unspecified time in the future. I’ve, nonetheless, made one thing similar to this for her that she appreciated so there’s hope 🙂
What makes this beet quinoa salad so nice?
Sure, it has a improbable vivid shade, however that’s not the extent of what makes this salad such a star:
- it’s simple to make
- you may make it forward
- it transports properly (nice for a potluck or picnic)
- it’s adaptable – simply add protein corresponding to hen, fish or steak for a fuller meal
- it’s vegetarian and gluten free with numerous nice good-for-you components.
Why uncooked beets?
Whether or not they’re grated or thinly shaved, beets are fantastic to eat uncooked. You get extra of the candy taste than when they’re cooked. If you’re not used to utilizing beets uncooked, they work rather well grated. They’re nonetheless agency, so uncooked beets add a beautiful crunch to the salad, however the items are sufficiently small they’re simple to eat.
The light sweetness of the beets works rather well with the opposite flavors on this salad. Plus, the quinoa takes on the attractive shade of the beets giving this salad a vibrant shade. That shade is one to look at, although. Identical to cooked beets, uncooked beets bleed shade, so simply preserve this in thoughts with the board and dishes you utilize.
Flavorful feta dressing
One of many different issues I like right here is the feta dressing. You would possibly assume it a little bit uncommon placing feta and cumin in a dressing, however consider me they each work so properly.
I’ve used feta in a dressing in my grilled hen and blueberry salad earlier than, however the cumin right here provides a little bit extra earthiness, to go together with the beets. True, a feta dressing doesn’t essentially mix as easily as another dressings, but it surely actually doesn’t matter when you combine it up. And it’s so value it for the flavour it provides.
This uncooked beet quinoa salad is simple, flavorful and so extremely versatile. Whether or not as a lunch field dish, for potlucks or a light-weight most important, it’s as scrumptious as it’s vibrant.
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Beet quinoa salad
This uncooked beet quinoa salad is vivid, gentle, simple and scrumptious. To not point out versatile too.
Servings: 4 (as aspect/gentle most important)
- half cup quinoa
- 1 cup water
- 1 half cups beets coarsely grated
- half cup raisins
- half cup parsley chopped
For the dressing
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup feta crumbled
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- half tsp floor cumin
Put the quinoa and water in a pan and canopy with a lid. Deliver to the boil and cut back warmth to simmer for round 12-15 minutes till all of the water has gone and the tendrils of the quinoa bloom.
Whereas quinoa is cooking, put together the remainder of the salad – grate the beets, chop the parsley and blend collectively the dressing components. Attempt to mash the feta into the dressing to be comparatively easy.
As soon as quinoa is cooked, take away from the warmth and add the dressing and beets. Combine by way of properly. Go away to chill a little bit extra earlier than including raisins and parsley. Serve room temperature or cool. You possibly can add a little bit extra crumbled feta to the salad when you like, as within the photos above.
Energy: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fats: 17g | Saturated Fats: 3g | Ldl cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 476mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Vitamin C: 16.3mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2.6mg
I first shared the recipe for quinoa feta salad on the Sunday Supper Motion web site the place I’m a contributor.
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