Bear & Joey Quinoa Salad

It’s easy to love quinoa. It’s incredibly versatile in taste and texture; it can be creamy, crunchy, fluffy and nutty.

It also packs a nutritional punch;  it’s very high in fiber and protein and an ideal grain for gluten intolerant people. It’s also packed with minerals and extremely high in antioxidants.

This refreshing quinoa salad from Bear and Joey is also warming and zesty with a turmeric, lemon and dijon based dressing. Add some cauliflower and you’re ready to go!

QUINOA

140g raw yellow quinoa

250g water

1 raw garlic clove

3g salt

Bring to boil in a pot and simmer for 20mins with a lid. Turn off and rest in the pot for 25 mins. Set aside.

DRESSING

93g raisins toasted 7 mins 350f

5g cumin seed toasted

1g turmeric toasted

78g white wine vinegar

7g confit garlic

17g Dijon

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

18g water

2g salt

Pinch of ground pepper

15g garlic oil

206g canola oil

Blend the raisins and spices really well in a blender and add the vinegar, Dijon, lemon, water, salt, pepper and blend well. Mix the oils together and while blending slowly drizzle in the oil till you have an emulsified dressing

Turmeric cauliflower

¼ head cauliflower

Ground turmeric

Oil

Salt and pepper

Cut the florets off the cauliflower into small bite size pieces and put into a bowl. Sprinkle only a little turmeric, salt and pepper and drizzle with oil. Toss together and lay on a tray or pan to roast in the oven at 400f for 5 mins. Set aside to cool.

Toasted almonds

200g raw almonds

Toast whole in the oven at 325f for 7-10 mins until golden. When cooled chop roughly on a chopping board. Keep chopping for desired texture.

Assembling

Firstly, using a pan on the stove sear 10 slices of bacon. And set aside to cool enough that you can chop into small bite sized pieces.

Finely slice some raw red cabbage into 1 inch slices. About 1.5 cups very loose and put into a mixing bowl.

Finley chop 1/6 bunch of cilantro and put into the bowl.

Add 10 hand full of baby kale lettuce or your favorite greens.

Add the cooled quinoa into the bowl.

Using half the dressing to start mix the salad gently and coat all the greens. Use more dressing as you desire.

Place the salad into 5 bowls ready to garnish. Sprinkle the chopped bacon over the top, crumble some goats curd or feta over the top of the salads, sprinkle the chopped almonds over the top to finish.