Red Quinoa Salad With Hazelnut, Parsley & Horseradish creme Pesto

by thepearandthepurplepeach

Inspiration and Gratitude From: Have cake will travel

I really love salads! But sometimes I fall into the old lettuce, cucumber and tomato trap, not that there is anything wrong with that but I wanted something with a bang so I after searching online and cooking a bunch of red Quinoa I was chuffed to come across a recipe from Have cake will Travel so with inspiration fresh in my mind I came up with this version. I have added grapes to the salad for sweetness and that yummy crunch and burst they offer!

 

What you need:

1/2 – 1 cup Cooked Quinoa (I used red)

1 Head of cos lettuce washed, dried and chopped

Hand full of Grapes halved

 

Hazelnut, Parsley and Horseradish creme Pesto:

1/4 Cup roasted Hazelnuts (If you only have raw you can light dry roast them in a fry pan. pay attention so they don’t burn)

1 Bunch flat leaf Parsley

1 Garlic clove crushed

2 Tbs Lemon Juice

2 Tbs olive oil

Ground Rock Salt ( I LOVE pink Himalayan)

Fresh ground pepper

2 tsp Horseradish creme

2 tsp Dijon Mustard

1/4 cup water (I wanted to add less oil and the water was great)

 

What to do:

Add all pesto Ingredients to a food processor and whiz up until all pesto like! what you are looking for is a nice thick mixture but not dry if you find it is dry or to thick you could add more water or oil up to you. also taste and season to your liking

Place lettuce, Quinoa & Grapes into a large bowl and drizzle over pesto and lightly toss with your hands add as little or as much pesto to your liking. it does pack a punch!

Enjoy!

With Compassion

Brett

 

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