A salad as main course? How many of you do do this? I do, very often. I have a great love for salads and some of them are really fulfilling, without having a pound of dressing, mayonnaise, cheeses, etc. Like this quinoa salad with black grapes, for example. It fills you as a regular main meal, without the burden of unnecessary calories; very healthy!
It is served warm or at room temperature and if you want to try it a time when there are no grapes, you will definitely be able to use black raisins, which are super nutritious. If you don’t like quinoa again, try it with bulgur or couscous.
Grapes are among the most nutritious fruits, with significant anti-aging action, while they protect against heart disease. They contain fibers and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. The darker-colored grapes contain resveratrol, a natural anti-pathogenic compound, a natural antibiotic that is. Purple or black grapes, have higher resveratrol concentration. Resveratrol has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory action, helps prevent and fight some forms of cancer, regulates sugar and reduces cholesterol. Consuming red or black grapes is a great way to get the necessary resveratrol, but you can do that by drinking grape juice or red wine. Moderately though, ok? 😉
Quinoa Salad with Grapes
A filling, healthy quinoa salad with nutritious ingredients
- 130 gr. white quinoa
- 150 g black grapes (preferably seedless)
- 75 g almonds
- leaves of ½ bunch of dill (coarsely chopped)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce (gluten-free, if needed)
- juice of ½ lemon
- freshly ground black pepper
In a small pot, add 1 ½ cup of water (375ml) to boil with a bit of salt. Once boiled, add quinoa and lower the heat. Allow to simmer for 12-15 minutes until the liquids are absorbed.
Meanwhile, roast the almonds in a non-stick frying pan, on medium heat, about 5 minutes until flavorful. Tranfer them on a cutting surface and wait for 2-3 minutes to cool down a bit. Chop them coarsely.
Cut the grapes in half.
In a salad dish, add quinoa, almonds, soy, olive oil, lemon and pepper. Mix well.
Add the grapes and dill and mix carefully.
Mix the rest of the ingredients to make the dressing and add into the salad.
Serve the quinoa salad with grapes, warm or cold.
2.5g Saturated fat
Nutrition facts per serving (151g)
The recipe for this quinoa salad with grapes is adapted by Elle a Table magazine, September-October 2018.