The super salad

The super salad

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Good Better Green
Serves
4

The term “superfood” has lost its gloss, having been overused by gym bunnies and abused by marketeers in the food industry. But some foods are most denitely big hitters in the nutrient department and are the opposite of empty calories. Here is a salad that makes use of some of these delicious, naturally potent foods that leave you feeling nourished, not duped. Soaking the quinoa overnight prior to cooking will improve its nutritional value and make it more digestible

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
350g broccoli
1-2 tablespoons chilli oil or regular olive oil
60g shelled,unroasted walnuts
large handful salad sprouts of your choice
200g cooked quinoa
1 pomegranate, seeds
180g cooked red kidney beans
1 bunch watercress, snipped into smaller pieces using scissors
2 tablespoons shelled hemp seeds and/ or sunflower seeds
sea salt

For the dressing

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon tahini
125ml extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon, Juiced
2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
2-3 teaspoons freshly grated peeled ginger
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
small handful parsley, leaves only, finely chopped
small handful coriander, thickest stalks removed, finely chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Wash the broccoli and dry well by shaking o any excess water. Trim, but leave some of the stem intact, then separate into similar-sized …orets, cutting through the stem lengthways to give each …oret a little handle.
  3. Toss the broccoli with the oil and a little salt, spread out on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 20–25 minutes, or until just tender, with a delicious crunch and caramelised around the edges. Do not let it get too dark, or it will taste bitter.
  4. If you prefer toasted nuts, toast the walnuts on a baking tray in the oven at the same time as you are roasting the broccoli, for about 10–15 minutes, or until crunchy. Allow to cool, then roughly chop. If not toasting, just roughly chop.
  5. For the dressing, put all the ingredients in a glass jar, screw the lid on tightly and give it a good shake.
  6. Toss all the ingredients for the salad together, except the hemp seeds. Add the dressing, toss to coat and sprinkle over the hemp seeds to serve.

Note

  • An easy way to remove the pomegranate seeds is to cut the fruit in half then, holding one half over a large bowl with the cut side facing down, knock the tough outer peel with the back of a large metal spoon until the seeds pop out.
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