Spring Rainbow Salad

When it comes to the Spring/Summer or slightyyy warmer months - lets not get too ahead of ourselves this is Ireland people! Anyway, I tend to crave lighter foods like salads and put the tins of soup to the back of the cupboard for those days I don't feel like cooking.  My only issue with Salad is that often they aren't very filling...

In a bid to not be starving 20 minutes after eating lunch (who am I kidding, I always will be) I through together a little "Spring Rainbow Salad" or rather a salad that might actually fill you.  The filling part coming from the Quinoa, although rice, pasta or cous cous would work well.  Or if your having a bit of a lazy evening and don't feel like prepping, the microwave rice or quinoa work just as good!

For this salad you are going to need (although really you could chop and change these ingredients out with whatever you have in your fridge at the time)

  • Quinoa
  • Stock cube
  • Sweetcorn
  • Beetroot
  • Cucumber
  • Red Onion
  • Radish
  • Tomato
  • Nuts & Seeds (pine nuts & pumpkin seeds)

The recipe, if you can even call it one consists of;

  1. Rinsing the quinoa, and cooking for 20mins on a medium heat.  Throw in a vegetable stock cube to flavour, and simmer until all the water has been absorbed.  The Quinoa should look a lot bigger in size.  
  2. Drain once cooked, and run a fork through to make it a little more fluffy and light.
  3. Chop up all your veg, add a dressing if you like.
  4. Mix together and top with seeds of your choice.

What do you like to make for a quick and easy summer lunch?