Red Cabbage & Quinoa Salad
Who said salads are for summer? In the festive season of excess, this nutrient packed dish has a certain wow factor about it. A bright, crunchy salad can lighten up the Christmas table. Made mostly from leftovers, it also serves as a quick fix to impress unexpected guests.
This mood supporting salad is a mix of everything I love; crunch, sweetness, heartiness and lots of freshness from the herbs.
Use any roasted veg you have and I used olives here as I had some leftover from entertaining, but use whatever else you think might work or throw in whatever you fancy! If you’re looking for a good Quinoa source, I love Hodmedods Quinoa which is grown in Essex!”
- Cook your quinoa according to the packet. I cooked mine in veg stock for more flavour but feel free to just use water.
- Whilst cooking, slice the cabbage, add to a bowl and mix in the apple cider vinegar with a pinch of salt, giving it a good stir. Then leave to sit and turn bright pink until the quinoa is cooked.
- Once the quinoa is cooked, assemble it in a big bowl with the cabbage, olive oil, roasted veg and dried and fresh herbs.
- Remove the pomegranate seeds from the pomegranate (my preferred method is spanking) and add to the salad, along with the olives. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, a crumbling of feta and a sprinkling of salt and pepper to season.
Ingredients For Red Cabbage & Quinoa Salad
- 200g Quinoa (I used tricolore for lots of colour)
- 300g Red Cabbage, Finely Sliced
- 4 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 4 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Dried Oregano/Thyme/Za’atar
- 2 Big Handfuls Of Roasted Veg (Carrots/Sweet Potato/Squash)
- 1 Pomegranate
- 3 Large Handfuls Of Fresh Herbs (Parsley/Mint/Coriander/Dill) Or A Mix, Roughly Chopped
- Small Handful Feta Cheese, Crumbled (You could also use Goats Cheese, Pecorino, Parmesan or Fried Halloumi)
- Handful Of Olives
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