Posts Tagged With: side dish

Red Rocket Quinoa Salad

Recently I’ve been loving making rocket, pear and parmasan salad,  but I had a couple of pomegranates in the fruit bowl and after reading Alexx Stuart’s recipe for a “powerhouse antioxidant red salad” I came up with the following Red Rocket Quinoa Salad – perfect side for a roast chicken.

rocket quinoa pomegranate beetroot almond avocado salad

Cook the quinoa in some boiling salted water for 10 minutes – I used about 1/3 cup dry quinoa.
While it is cooking, start putting together the rest of the salad:

In a bowl, add each ingredient in the following order, mixing after each addition:
~ 1 pomegranate – bash the seeds and juice out using the back of a spoon (do this first so you can pick out bits of pith that may fall in)
~ handful of rocket
~ a few sprigs of parsley, finely chopped
~ 3 baby beetroots, cut into 8ths (Costco have some vacuum sealed packets which are tasty, quick and easy)
~ drizzle balsamic vinegar (I used a small amount of caramelised strawberry balsamic)
~ squeeze of lemon juice (half of a half)
~ drizzle of olive oil
~ pinch of sea salt
~ add the cooked quinoa

Top the salad with flaked almonds and slices of avocado.

rocket quinoa pomegranate beetroot almond avocado salad 2014-06-14 17.25.41


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Balsamic Roasted Fennel

I have only ever made cream of fennel soup with a fennel bulb so it was great to find another use for this delicious vegetable!  Thanks to Eat Drink Paleo for the recipe inspiration!

Place the following in a large bowl:
~ 1 Fennel bulb (I only used half for 2 people as a side dish) – slice the bulb in half length-ways then slices width-ways
~ A good lug of balsamic vinegar (probably about 2-3 tbsp)
~ 3 tbsp olive oil
~ sprinkle of salt and pepper

Mix the fennel through the balsamic coating
Place the slices in a roasting dish (I also drizzled the remaining liquid over the fennel)
Bake for 25 minutes at 180-190C
During the last 5-10 minutes, toast 1/2 cup crushed cashew nuts in a pan to sprinkle on top before serving.

roast fennel balsamic cashew salad

roast fennel balsamic cashew salad

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