Christmas 2013- “Free Foods- Festive Foods”-1

Christmas and other festive times are always hard on those with various allergies or dietary restrictions.

Sugarfree Sensations will bring you some brilliant ideas to help you with your Christmas lunch menu planning.

Red Quinoa Salad

Here’s a light beauty for a scorcher that Christmas Day is expected to turn out to be!Image

This salad is quick to make – it’s gluten –free, low-cal, vegan, dairy free and with no added sugar. You can make it fat free too, if you omit the olive oil!

What more, it’s you can chop and change all the ingredients – quinoa is a very generous host and will accommodate most salad vegetables and a range of seasoning.

Ingredients

½ cup red quinoa, washed and soaked in cold water for 30 minutes

½ cup boiled and cubed beetroot

½ cup cubed Lebanese cucumber

½ cup freshly shelled peas

8 cherry tomatoes cut into halves

1 carrot, lightly peeled and cubed

2 tbsp pomegranate seeds

2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 tbsp chopped mint

1 tiny garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Juice of half lemon

A pinch of Splenda for sweetness

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Wash and cook the quinoa in lightly salted water in a pan. Fluff up the grains with a fork and let cool completely. (The soaking makes it easier to rinse off the bitter saponins that coat the seeds)

Prepare the rest of the ingredients and chill for a while.

Transfer the quinoa into a salad bowl and stir in the chilled chopped vegetables and herbs.

Season with the olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic and salt and pepper.

Toss well and serve.

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