‘Zest’ Quinoa Salad

I’m so glad that I’ve finally jumped on the quinoa bandwagon (a little slow on the uptake I’ll admit) because I’ve been hearing about it’s healthy benefits for absolutely ages, but have always dismissed it as one of those unattractively healthy foods that won’t really taste that nice. I am happy to admit I was wrong. This salad tasted so good that I nearly cried; literally I sat in my grimy kitchen in awe at myself that I’d never made this creation before. I found it in a copy of Zest magazine  and thought it was an intriguing way to introduce the little grain into my diet.

Considering I’m trying to introduce more nutrients such as protein into my diet now, this salad couldn’t be more of a powerhouse for what I need: spinach and apricots are bursting with iron, quinoa has more protein than many types of meat and there’s plenty of fibre and at least 3 portions of veggies… So I feel like this could be a good start in trying to make myself eat healthier and more substantial food :)

I also adapted the recipe to feed one instead of four, so the measurements might seem a little weird but they did work fine.

Quinoa Salad


25g of brown rice – or ‘red’ rice if you can find it. I couldn’t :(

25g of quinoa

One very small onion or half a medium onion

15g of pistachios

25g of baby spinach, sliced

One small carrot, grated

One spring onion, sliced

One clove of garlic

25g of chopped dried apricots

One handful of fresh mint or half a teaspoon of dried mint (I used dried)

Zest and juice of half an orange and half a tablespoon of lemon juice to dress

Oil spray to fry


  1. Cook the brown rice in boiling water (this should take about 20 minutes) and add the quinoa to cook when there’s about 12-15 minutes left
  2. Fry the onion and garlic until golden and caramelised. Whilst the onions are cooking, toast the pistachios on a baking tray in a 180 degrees Celsius oven for about 8 minutes until lightly toasted, then roughly chop
  3. Combine all the ingredients once cooked and dress with the lemon and orange juice/zest

Serves one


8 thoughts on “‘Zest’ Quinoa Salad

    • That kale salad looks really yummy, might be trying that one out in the future :)
      I’d love some blog links – I have a page dedicated to ‘Blogs I like’ so you could comment there?
      Thanks very much, Emily x

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