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Gut Friendly Recipe: Quinoa & Salmon with Pesto Dressing

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19th Feb 2024
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Gut Friendly Recipe: Quinoa & Salmon with Pesto Dressing

This delicious quinoa and salmon with pesto dressing is gorgeous for an easy going dinner.

Ingredients

150g Quinoa
1 Bunch (or more if required) fresh coriander, chopped
1 Handful basil
1 Handful dill
1 tbsp / 13g Raisins
10 Grapes
2 Handfuls spinach
14 Cherry tomatoes
1 tin; 213g, Drained tinned salmon
2 tbsp Sesame seeds
2 tbsp Biona organic pesto, green with pine kernels (or red)
200ml Soya yoghurt
Freshly ground black pepper and salt
Lemon juice or lemon infused olive oil, to drizzle

Method

Step 1: Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in cold water.
Step 2: Add quinoa to 400mls of boiling water, stir and cover with a lid, heating on low heat and simmering for 20 minutes until most of the water has been absorbed.
Step 3: Remove from the heat, drain off excess water and let stand for 10 minutes.
Step 4: When ready, separate the grains with a fork.
Step 5: Add spinach to quinoa and cover to allow spinach to wilt.
Step 6: Chop tomatoes and grapes in half, combine with flaked salmon and raisins, then add the sesame seeds.
Step 7: Place the pesto in the yoghurt and stir well, add black pepper to taste.
Step 8: After 10 minutes standing, test the quinoa to ensure the grains are firm but without crunch. Now add in the coriander, basil and dill.
Step 9: You can serve the quinoa with the pesto/yoghurt mixture separately or combine.
Step 10: Drizzle with lemon or lemon-infused olive oil.

To make the home-made pesto:
Serves 4
2 Handfuls of fresh herbs (basil, parsley, coriander leaves)
Large pinch of salt
4 Tablespoons infused garlic oil
Handful of pine nuts
90g Finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Step 1: Place the herbs in a blender and add the salt and garlic oil.
Step 2: Crush the nuts in a pestle and mortar and add to the blender.
Step 3: Grate the cheese and add this to the blender and mix.
Step 4: Do not over-blend the mix.

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