Fig and quinoa salad with walnuts

4 servings Prep: 20 mins, Cooking: 30 mins
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An awesome combination of sweet, salty and sour in this vegan recipe.

By Food24 April 21 2015
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Ingredients (10)

1 cup quinoa — white
2 cup water
8 figs — purple, quartered
100 g walnuts — raw, unsalted
200 g salad greens
1/2 cucumber
120 ml olive oil — extra virgin
50 ml vinegar — white wine
1 honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard — smooth
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Preheat the oven to 150 °C.

Put the quinoa and water into a medium saucepan on a medium heat. Cook the quinoa for about 20 minutes until it expands and opens slightly. Cook with the lid on.Remove from the heat and strain the excess water from the quinoa. Season with a pinch of salt and leave the quinoa to cool.
Roast the walnuts on an oven proof tray for about 10 minutes,check on the walnuts now and then to make sure they don’t burn. Remove the nuts from the oven and leave to cool.
Using a peeler, peel the cucumber to make long thin ribbons. Peel around the cucumber using only the firm outside parts. Discard the middle part of the cucumber with the seeds or eat as a snack.

To make the dressing: whisk the vinegar, honey & mustard in a mixing bowl. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the bowl, while continuously whisking to combine.

Assemble the salad greens on a large plate or platter. Sprinkle the cooled quinoa over the salad leaves. Arrange the figs and cucumber ribbons on top of the salad. Sprinkle the roasted walnuts over the salad and drizzle with the dressing.

Serve as a light main course or as a healthy side salad to your favourite dish.

Dietitians say:
Quinoa is a good source of fibre, folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and B vitamins.

It has an amino acid score of 106, which indicates a complete or high-quality protein.

Quinoa is also a good source of carbohydrate and contains roughly the same amount of carbohydrate than a 100 g portion of cooked brown rice.

Recipe reprinted with permission of ADSA and Nutrition Confidence.

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