Mediterranean Quinoa

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This quinoa dish is so simple, with only a few ingredients but is still bursting with so much flavour. Quinoa is such a good way to get added protein into your diet as it is one of the few plant-based complete protein sources. I love to eat it plain or cooked in lemon or miso as it has a great, nutty flavour itself but sometimes I fancy something a little more interesting, especially if I want to eat it as a meal itself rather than as a side.

The sun-dried tomatoes add a delicious sweetness, while the black olives give a great saltiness. Basil, of course, tops it off to give a mediterranean inspired flavour to the dish.

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

30g of fresh basil

1 lemon

100g of black olives

200g of sun-dried tomatoes

300g of quinoa

Cook the quinoa according to the packet. Juice the lemon and add this to the water as it boils.

While you wait for it to cook, finely chop the olives, sun-dried tomatoes and basil.

Once the quinoa is cooked, mix in the other ingredients to serve. If you would rather have this as a cold dish, wait for the quinoa to cool (or run cold water over it) before mixing in the ingredients.

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Mains, Recipes, SaladsAnnie Clarke