Red quinoa and chicken salad

Red quinoa and chicken salad

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Something for Everyone
Serves
4
Photographer
Ben Dearnley

I call this my superfoods salad because of the wonderfully nutritious quinoa, broccoli and blueberries. We often have it for a weekend dinner but it’s also great served for lunch.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
200g red quinoa
60g broccoli florets, steamed
125g fresh blueberries
120g marinated reduced-salt feta, (see note)
400g chicken, cooked and shredded
1 small handful mint leaves, torn

Hazelnut dressing

Quantity Ingredient
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey, (optional; see note)
2 tablespoons hazelnut oil
or 2 tablespoons olive oil

Method

  1. Place the quinoa in a saucepan with 500 ml water. Cover and cook over low–medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender. Drain any excess liquid and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. To make the hazelnut dressing, whisk together the mustard, vinegar and honey (if using). Slowly add the hazelnut oil, continuing to whisk until the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl and toss through the broccoli, blueberries and half of the dressing. Divide the salad among serving plates and arrange the feta, chicken and mint leaves on top. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the top.

Baby’s serve

  • For a younger baby, blend together some quinoa, chicken, broccoli and blueberries until smooth, adding as much liquid (water or your baby’s milk) as needed to achieve the desired consistency. For an older baby, keep the puréed consistency lumpier or serve as finger food.

Toddler’s serve

  • Serve as is with a short-handled spoon.

Soft cheeses

  • Ricotta and other soft cheeses, such as feta, are considered a high-risk food in terms of contamination with listeria bacteria. As such, pregnant women are advised not to eat them. You can give soft cheeses to healthy babies over 6 months of age, however, you should be careful when purchasing and storing them. Make sure they’re very fresh, packaged hygienically (in a sealed packet) and stored in the refrigerator. Don’t re-serve any unfinished portions.

Note

  • Honey is not suitable for babies under 12 months.
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