Spring Pea & Quinoa Salad

with sunflower seeds

A simple and elegant salad full of fresh green spring flavours: snow peas, quinoa and toasted sunflower seeds on a bed of rocket with a honey mustard vinaigrette.  Snow peas are also known as mangetout; rocket as arugula depending on which part of the planet you reside!

 

  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook Time 15 mins for quinoa
  • Difficulty Low
  • Serving2-4
  • Plant Protein

    Recipes with plant protein-rich ingredients.  Examples of plant-based high protein foods include; quinoa, teff, millet, wild rice, oats, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum, wheat, nuts, seeds, hemp seeds, peas, beans, lentils, legumes, soy, tofu & tempeh, broccoli, brussels, spinach, kale, mushrooms, nutritional yeast.

  • Anti Inflammatory

    Recipes have ingredients with anti-inflammatory nutrients and avoid common inflammatory foods like sugar, gluten, dairy and processed food. A whole food diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help relieve symptoms of inflammation within the body. Inflammation is at the root of most disease = dis-ease.

  • Heart Healthy

    Heart Healthy recipes have lots of whole grains, fruits & vegetables. A diet rich in plant foods, low in refined fatty foods can help lower cholesterol.

  • Omega 3
  • Vitamins Minerals

Ingredients

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Salad

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups snow peas | mangetout - finely sliced
  • good pinch sea salt flakes
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds - raw or toasted
  • 4 handfuls rocket | arugula leaves

Method

Spring Pea & Quinoa Salad with Sunflower Seeds

 

TO COOK quinoa; 1 cup raw quinoa (rinsed) + 2 cups water in a saucepan – bring to the boil; low simmer 15 minutes until water is absorbed, grains are tender with a little bite.  Cool & store in a glass container covered in the fridge.

 

TOAST sunflower seeds in a dry pan or with 1 tsp olive oil until golden OR USE RAW  – your choice!

 

SLICE snow peas thinly = julienne – hone your knife skills; slice them nicely thin & even = great texture.

 

MIX in a bowl 2 cups cooked quinoa + finely sliced snow peas + 3-4 tbsp honey mustard salad dressing + or oil-free Orange Vinaigrette + good pinch sea salt.

 

SERVE plates or bowls;  a pile of rocket leaves + quinoa snow pea mix + 1-2 tbsp sunflower seeds.
             With the remaining salad dressing on the table so you can add a little more to your taste.  

Tips + Suggestions

SWAP Quinoa for cannellini beans, black lentils, brown rice, chickpeas, black-eyed peas and beans.

 

SWAP Rocket | Arugula for or add; fresh pea tendrils, spinach, baby kale, mixed baby greens, lettuces, herbs.

 

SWAP snowpeas for fresh young asparagus very thinly sliced – mix with warm quinoa to very lightly cook.

 

SWAP sunflower seeds for any other nuts or seeds.

 

ANIMAL PROTEIN – ADD Canned tuna, fish or smoked fish or HB Egg