Quinoa Salad Recipe With Pesto, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pumpkin Seeds

This quinoa salad recipe is very quick and easy to make. Cooking quinoa with pesto really helps to saturate it with flavour - which is why this salad doesn't even have a 'formal' dressing. It doesn't need one. For this easiest of vegetarian quinoa recipes, all you need are a few herbs, sun dried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and a squeeze of lemon juice and you have a scrumptious salad ready to go.

This dish keeps really well so it's perfect to make in advance for a barbeque, picnic or lunch box.

Quinoa Salad Recipe Ingredients

1 cup of quinoa

2 cups of water

2 tablespoons of basil pesto (a vegan version such as Radici of Tuscany vegan pesto is perfect here. By the way, more vegan recipes are available on this page.)

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds

6 sun-dried tomatoes in oil

small handful of fresh basil

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

How To Make It

Rinse the quinoa several times, drain and place in a pot with the water. Add the pesto and a little salt (about ¼ teaspoon) and some freshly ground black pepper. Stir well, put the lid on and bring up to the boil. Once the water boils, immediately lower the heat to a really low setting and cook for 15 minutes until all of the water has been absorbed. Turn off the heat. Remove the saucepan lid, place a clean towel over the quinoa and cover again with the lid and leave for about 10 minutes for dry fluffy quinoa. Fluff up with a fork and leave to cool.

While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the other ingredients for the salad. First toast the pumpkin seeds. To do this, place a frying pan or skillet over a medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the pumpkin seeds (do not add oil) and cook for 2 or 3 minutes, shaking the pan regularly until the pumpkin seeds have turned a light golden brown. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Coarsely chop the sun-dried tomatoes and basil and add them to the cooled quinoa with the pumpkin seeds and lemon juice. Check the seasoning and serve at room temperature.

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