Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad


250g quinoa
750mL cups water
200g pepita seeds, dry roasted
3 shallots, finely sliced
1 red chilli, seeded and diced
200g fresh basil, sliced thinly
170g tofu
50g fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup corn kernels
10 medium sun-dried tomatoes, finely sliced
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs red wine vinegar
3-4 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper, to taste


Put quinoa grains in a heavy-based non-stick pot and stir constantly, dry roasting over medium heat for about 5 minutes until fragrant.

Add water and bring to a boil before simmering over low heat for about 15–20 minutes – the water should have been absorbed by then but if the quinoa is ready before the water has been absorbed, drain in a colander and set aside to cool.

Dry roast the seeds in the same way as quinoa, over medium heat until they are fragrant, removing the minute it starts spitting.

Add all the rest of the ingredients and combine with the quinoa and seeds.

Season to taste and toss with the oil, the lemon juice and the vinegar.

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