Super Healthy Lunch

Whilst it’s been cold I’ve been making soups for my family’s lunch accompanied by either homemade flatbread or naan bread. However I’ve been really missing salads, so the other day I decided that was it, I’m going to start eating salads again.

That first mouthful of salad tasted so delicious and fresh. I thought I would share the bowl of salad I’ve been putting together for my lunches, it can be adapted to include any salad items you enjoy.

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad Bowl

Holly PlackettHolly Plackett
A deliciously crunchy bowl of salad
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine British
Servings 1 person



  • 100 g quinoa
  • 250 ml water


  • 1 small carrot chopped
  • 1 chunk cucumber chopped
  • 1 handful coriander chopped
  • 1 handful fresh salad leaves chopped
  • 1 stick celery chopped
  • 1 chunk red/yellow/orange pepper chopped
  • 1 boiled egg Chopped
  • 30 g cashew nuts
  • 2 small pickled beetroot chopped
  • 2 small florets brocolli


  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 cm fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame Oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce


Preparing the Quinoa

  • Add the quinoa to water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 12-15minutes.

Preparing the salad

  • Combine all the salad items with 1/5 of the Quinoa
  • Steam or boil the florets, drain and add on top of salad

Preparing Salad Dressing

  • Peel and finely chop the Garlic
  • Peel and finely chop the ginger
  • Add the ginger and garlic to a jar for storage
  • Pour over the oil oil, sesame oil and soy sauce and mix.
  • Drizzle your preferred amount over the salad and mix well.


You can choose any salad items you enjoy. 
You can replace the Quinoa with basmati or brown rice, I prefer Quinoa. Quinoa is higher in fibre than rice and contains amino acids and proteins rice doesn’t however it has more calories than rice.
Replace the egg with oily fish e.g. tinned mackerel fillets, or for a vegan choice you can replace the egg with kidney beans, sweetcorn, fresh peas etc.
I use a range of cooked veg – broccoli, tenderstem broccoli, french beans, flower sprouts.
A cheeky alternative to the homemade dressing is M&S Glaze with Balsamic vinegar. Delicious.
Keyword #healthyeating, Quinoa, salad

Photo by Jasmin Schreiber on Unsplash

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