I love to make this salad in winter as it’s perfect warmed up a bit and who really wants to eat a cold salad at this time of year. It has all those christmas flavours with the red cabbage, apple, toasted nuts and cinnamon. It doesn’t hurt that it looks so pretty too, so will look great if you are entertaining.
Red cabbage and apple quinoa salad
120g / 2/3 cups quinoa
360ml / 1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp cinnamon
60g / 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
1/4 of a red cabbage
1/3 block of feta
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice (or orange juice)
1/2 tsp mustard
salt & pepper
Quinoa: In a saucepan bring the quinoa, water and cinnamon to a boil. Reduce to a low heat and leave for 20mins until it has soaked up all the water.
Toasted walnuts: Put under a grill on a baking tray at 180C for 5-10mins. Watch closely as they can burn quickly. Chop into fairly large pieces.
Slice the cabbage into thin slices. Cut the apple and feta into small chunks. Mix all the dressing ingredients together. Add all together with the quinoa, top with walnuts.
You can eat this cold, but I like it best when heated up a little.
To impresss: top with pomegranate seeds