Super Quinoa Salad with Mirin, Sesame and Nigella Dressing

I wanted to open that box of quinoa before it turned bad. And I had bought a rather overpriced quinoa salad on M&S on various occasions. Mine was tricolour quinoa from a local health shop.

First, boil the quinoa for eight minutes. The package says put two parts of water and one part of quinoa. Who cares. Just drain most water after eight minutes, then let it stand for a few minutes with a bit of water in the pot.

Throw some boiling water over some frozen edamame beans (I buy mine from a mainstream British Supermarket), let it stand for a minute.

Slice a carrot and a few radishes. Throw in a few chia seeds (they are healthy, and disguise wonderfully here)


I added a bit of fresh lemon juice and olive oil  the quinoa and mixed it all in a pot.



Then I made a dressing from things languishing in the fridge. Tahini is an excellent staple and goes with nearly anything. Any Middle Eastern/Turkish Supermarket  will have it, or I guess you get it in some fancy places, too. I added a bit of Mirin, because Mirin is always nice, and some light soy sauce. Add more mirin with standard soy sauce. I added Nigella seeds to teh dressing because it looks nicer but honestly, I think they just add some bitterness, maybe leave them out. Put in a photogenic bowl, and ta-da.


Last not least, you could stick it into an iceberg leaf and call it a clean wrap or low-carb pitta or whatever. All I am interested in is whether it’s reasonably healthy and whether it tastes good.



However, had I not gone to that crazy yoga retreat two years ago I would hardly be into all that healthy raw rabbit food now. Gee, this looks really quite tosser-y “The Simple Things”  magazine stylee. Nota bene: I still apply some cooking. I even *gasp* fry sometimes.



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