Peach and Quinoa Salad
This healthy side salad tosses bitter greens with sweet fruit and crunchy nuts, just perfect for your Christmas Day spread!
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup (100g) quinoa
75g baby rocket leaves
150g dried apricots, cut into strips
2 small celery sticks, thinly sliced
1 ripe white peach or nectarine, pitted, cut into thin wedges
2 spring onions, thinly sliced diagonally
1/3 cup (60g) pecan halves, toasted, chopped
1/4 cup (40g) dried currants
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp tawny port (optional)
1 orange, rind finely grated, juiced
2 lemons, rind finely grated, juiced
1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
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3 Method Steps
To make the vinaigrette, combine the currants, vinegar, port, if using, 1 tbs orange rind, 2 tbs orange juice, 1 tbs lemon rind and 2 tbs lemon juice. Let soak for 30 mins. Stir in the oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the quinoa and cook, stirring, for 2 mins or until quinoa is toasted. Add 1 cup (250ml) water and bring to the boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 mins or until quinoa has absorbed liquid and is tender. Turn off heat, uncover and cool completely.
Arrange the quinoa over a large platter. Top with the rocket, apricots, celery and peach or nectarine. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Sprinkle with spring onions and pecans.