Every time I cook a batch of quinoa, I always make extra so I can make a salad for the kids and I for lunch the next day. Our favourite combo is with lemon and tuna – it’s fresh, zesty and really quick and easy to throw together. Feel free to add in any raw or cooked vegetable you like, this is a very versatile recipe.
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The nutrient-dense seed quinoa I’ve written about here. Tuna is a wonderful source of essential EPA and DHA (fatty acids) and the vegetables add invaluable plant-based nutrition.
Take a look at the variations (below the main recipe) for suggestions to alter the recipe to suit many specific dietary requirements.
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Lemon, Tuna and Quinoa Salad
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 185 g can tuna -drained
- 10 cherry tomatoes -halved
- 25 g leafy greens (1 cup)
- ¼ bunch fresh coriander or mint leaves -leaves picked off stems
- 1 carrot/s (large) grated or julienned
- ½ lemon/s -zest and juice
- 60 ml olive oil extra virgin (or roughly double the quantity of oil to lemon juice) (¼ cup)
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper -to taste
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- Place all of the dressing ingredients into a jar and shake well to combine.
- In a large bowl mix together the quinoa and tuna.
- Mix through the dressing adding gradually until the quinoa and tuna are well coated but not drowning in dressing.
- Now fold through the tomatoes, carrot, leafy greens and herbs and enjoy.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.