Friday 30 June 2017

Pesto Quinoa with Sundried Tomatoes and Olives

pesto quinoa with sundried tomatoes and olives

This salad combines some of my all-time favourite flavours and is the perfect summer lunch or light supper. I've tweaked the classic pesto recipe in this salad as I wanted a dressing which was super fresh tasting and also decided to omit the garlic, to make it a more socially acceptable lunch option if you're taking this to work.

Three great health benefits: good source of fibre, promotes healthy skin, good source of antioxidants

Serves 2

1 cup quinoa
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
1/3 cup plain kalamata olives, pitted

For the pesto dressing (yields 1/2 cup): 
4tbsp pine nuts
1/2 cup (packed) fresh sweet basil leaves, washed
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper

1) Cook the quinoa according to packet instructions (I tend to allow 1 & 1/2 cups of water per 1 cup of quinoa) and set aside to cool.
2) Meanwhile, make the pesto. Whizz the pine nuts in a food processor for a couple of seconds, until finely chopped. Add the basil leaves, lemon juice, olive oil and salt & pepper and whizz again until combined.
3) Stir the pesto into the quinoa, followed by the sundried tomatoes and olives. Mix well to combine.

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