Bejeweled quinoa salad

bejeweled quinoa salad

Since I spend most of the year complaining about the intolerable heat here in the UAE,it would only be fair to share the precious few days of good weather that we’re having at the moment.
I am in love with anything and everything that is even remotely winter-ish :

Beautiful clouds that the sun enjoys setting on fire every morning!
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The cold morning breeze that finally justifies owning a jacket in the UAE!

Cloud formations that the kids and I spend the way to school weaving stories about, imaginary creatures, giant elephants(yes my son is still in love with elephants) and of course, dragons!

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Today’s quinoa salad is quick and easy. It is actually one of my go to lunches lately  topped with some grilled chicken or shrimp. The recipe is actually a copycat recipe for a salad we love at one of the local restaurants. The combination of colors, textures and flavors is so refreshing!

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If you are still on the fence on quinoa salads or if you have tried it once and did not like it, it could probably be due to the way you cooked it. I have a little tutorial I posted a few years ago and in it you’ll find the detailed instructions for cooking quinoa and getting rid of the bitterness that so many people complain about.

Servings : 4 generous servings

1 cup quinoa
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1 cup mint leaves
1.5 cup lebanese cucumbers cut into slices
1.5 cups cherry tomatoes cut in half
6 small radishes cut into thin slices
1 avocado cut into slices
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup pomegranate kernels

For the dressing

Juice of 2-3 limes
1/4 cup Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Top with a drizzle of Pomegranate molasses


Cook the quinoa as detailed in my quinoa cooking tutorial, allow it to  cool

Reserve a few slices of avocado and 1-2 tablespoons of pomegranate for decoration

In a bowl place all of your ingredients, add the lime juice, olive oil and pepper. Toss gently till everything is mixed through

Immediately before serving drizzle with pomegranate molasses

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For a fun twist, you can roast your chickpeas before adding them to the salad, that will a beautiful crunch to the salad and will allow you to infuse the chickpeas with any flavor that you like

سلطة اليوم هي وصفه من واحد من مطاعمنا المفضله . بامكانكم تضيفوا معها قطع من الدجاج المشوي او القريدس و تقدموها كغدا صحي و لذيذ.

سلطة الكينوا بالحمص و الافوكادو و الرمان

1 كوب من الكينوا المطبوخه

2 كوب أوراق السبانخ الصغيره

1 كوب أوراق النعناع

1.5 كوب خيار مقطع إلى شرائح

1.5 كوب بندوره كرزيه مقطعه الى انصاف

6 حبات فجل صغيرة مقطعة إلى شرائح رقيقة

حبه افوكادو مقطعه الى شرائح

علبة حمص مصفاه و مغسولة

1 كوب من حبات الرمان


عصير 2-3 حبات الليمون الحامض

زيت الزيتون 1/4 كوب

الملح والفلفل حسب الذوق

دبس رمان


نحتفظ ببعض شرائح الافوكادو و حبات الرمان للتزين
نخلط كل المكونات في وعاء بلطف عدا دبس الرمان
يضاف دبس الرمان عند التقديم