Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Capers
Here's a fresh, light, healthy and delicious plant-based dish that is easy and quick to prepare. Perfectly suitable for vegan's and anyone following a gluten-free diet.
1cupdried quinoa,rinsed (200 g)
1medium red onion,sliced very thinly
1small bunch flat-leaf parsley,coarsely chopped
2handfuls basil leaves,coarsely chopped
10-12oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes halves,drained and chopped (ca. 80 g)
1/4cuppine nuts,lightly toasted (25 g)
6tablespoonsextra-virgin olive oil
4tablespoonsfreshly squeezed lemon juice
sea salt and freshly ground pepper,to taste
fresh parmesan shavings(optional)
To cook the quinoa, rinse the uncooked quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Place in a medium saucepan and cover with 2 cups (500 ml) water.
Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is light and fluffy, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and then place lid back on to steam for another 4-5 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a large serving bowl to cool.
Once the quinoa has cooled to room temperature, add the red onion, parsley, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, capers and toasted pine nuts to the bowl.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, and the pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing over the salad.
Give everything a good toss. Taste and add more salt or lemon juice if needed. Serve with parmesan shavings, if desired. Enjoy!