A quick healthy recipe that is perfect to prep in bulk and has for lunch for a few days on it’s own or eaten as a side with a serve of protein.
If you want to try more plant-based meals, this recipe is a good start. It’s nutritious and filling. It is a good mix of fats, protein, and carbohydrates to help keep you feeling fuller for longer.
- 9g fibre per serve, that is approx. 25-30% of the recommended daily intake (females 25g and males 30g).
- Quinoa is classified as a complete protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids (the ones we can’t make ourselves) and this recipe contains approx. 14g protein per serve.
- Nuts, seeds and avocado are all amazing sources of healthy fats. Essential for all sorts of functions including healthy hormones, brain and skin health.
Print Recipe Pomegranate & Mint Salad
Rinse quinoa and cook according to instructions.
Whilst the quinoa is cooking prepare the rest of the ingredients.
There are two options for roasting almonds and pumpkin seeds.
1. Preheat oven to 180-200c and place in the oven and roast until brown (almonds approx 10 minutes, pumpkin seeds approx 3-4 minutes)
2. Heat a frying pan and dry roast almonds until brown. Add pumpkin seeds when the almonds are nearly ready as they toast much quicker.
Chop the baby spinach and fresh mint.
Prepare the salad dressing by thoroughly stirring the lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil together.
When the quinoa is cooked place quinoa in a bowl and allow to slightly cool before adding the spinach, pomegranate, roasted almonds and pumpkin seeds, fresh mint and mix together.
Pour salad dressing over and mix through and your salad is ready to serve.
I use a standard cup measure. If you don’t have one you can use a mug and substitute the amount for ¾ of a standard size mug.
Find your Ingredients
Quinoa - grains or health food aisle
Almonds & pumpkin seeds - baking aisle or health food aisle
Mint, spinach & pomegranate - fresh fruit & veg aisle
Extra virgin olive oil - oils (I recommend Cobram Estate)
If you like this recipe, you should try my Crispy Kale & Brussels Salad or Roast Carrot & Quinoa Salad.
Amy Savage is a qualified Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional & Dietetic Medicine and is available for consultations online and in Sydney CBD. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.