I am dramatically and frantically holding on to the warm weather while it still exists. I’m going into winter kicking and screaming! It barely gets to autumn around here, it just goes straight from balmy to reasonably cool almost overnight. But during the day, it’s still salads all the way! Especially this herby lemon quinoa salad number.
Having said that, I’ve been eating sandwiches for lunch for a week. But you get my point.
I still switch up between brown rice and quinoa for the basis of my lunchtime salads, I like them to be pretty filling. Ain’t nobody satisfied after a lettuce lunch, that’s fo sho. Quinoa has won out here more often lately because I’ve been using the leftovers to make little patties for the kids, and everyone seems happy with it. Brown rice balls are the next kid food on my list to try – surely they’ll eat anything in spherical form, yes?
My herbs are doing well with all the rain, but I need more of them. I’m reticent to plant anything else knowing that we’re moving at the end of the year, but herbs have gotta be a staple in back yards anyway. They elevate everything to stellar level!
What is also a not-negotiable in this salad is grape tomatoes. They just have that amazing sweet, rich, tomatoey flavour that is totally necessary. Home grown is best, of course, but if the incessant rain has murdered your darling plants like it has mine, then I’ll forgive some purchased ones. Lord knows I try, but am thwarted at every turn!
Anyhow, have a salad. It goes beautifully for dinner as a side dish, or serve it up straight for a lunchtime treat. Super easy, super delicious.Print
Such a delicious, lemony, bright salad to chase away the grey days.
- 2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
- 1 punnet of grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 Small lebanese cucumber, sliced in half and then in small pieces
- 1 Large avocado, diced
- 150g danish feta
- 1 handful each coriander and flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 1 Large lemon, juiced and 1/2 rind zested
- 2 tablespoons flax oil
- 1 pinch each salt and pepper (be generous here!)
Mix all salad ingredients with the lemon zest together, shake over the salt and pepper. Drizzle withe lemon juice and flax oil, then stir to combine.
Some nuts or seeds over the top for crunch would be excellent!
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