Warm Quinoa Salad – Regina Barker

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Ahh the seasons are changing and so are the recipes. This is the perfect summer-to-fall meal. Created by Inspo contributor Regina Barker, I think the warm temperature of this quinoa salad is the perfect accompaniment to our first chilly days.


Warm Quinoa Salad

I love this warm quinoa salad with the fresh touch of antioxidant laden pomegranate seeds, fresh herbs and crunchy toasted pine nuts. It’s perfect for making ahead of time as it keeps really well in a sealed container in the fridge. For lunch, I often pair this quinoa salad this with some sautéed kale or fresh arugula/spinach leaves and top it off with a few extra seeds and feta cheese for a completely satisfying and nutritious lunch that takes just minutes to prepare! No time requirements here, guys. Just a little planning ahead is all it takes.

I know quinoa may be a newer grain for some of you and I have included instructions for how to cook the perfect fluffy quinoa in the recipe below too. Cooking the quinoa correctly is the key to a delicious quinoa salad and this method applies to all the different varieties of quinoa you’ll find (red, black + white). Although the darker ones may require a slightly longer cooking time.

I love adding tahini to my quinoa as it adds an amazing creaminess. Tahini is ground sesame seeds – think peanut butter but made from sesame seeds – and is one of the richest plant sources of calcium. Just 2 tablespoons packs 126 mg calcium – or in straightforward language – 13% of your daily need (read more about plant based calcium here). It’s an amazing staple ingredient to have in your fridge and is easily added to smoothies, soups, and is incredibly tasty in salad homemade dressings and vinaigrettes too. If you want to read more about my favourite healthy pantry staples, check out this post).




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