Kimchi and quinoa salad

Kimchi and quinoa salad
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Hands-on time 35 min

Naomi Devlin’s zingy salad is a doddle to put together once you’ve made your jar of kimchi. For a more substantial meal, add shredded/flaked cooked meat/ fish, or a couple of soft-boiled eggs, some fried tempeh or a handful of cooked adzuki or black beans.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
244kcals
Fat
8.1g (1.1g saturated)
Protein
9.3g
Carbohydrates
29.3g (8.6g sugars)
Fibre
8.3g
Salt
5g
Calories
244kcals
Fat
8.1g (1.1g saturated)
Protein
9.3g
Carbohydrates
29.3g (8.6g sugars)
Fibre
8.3g
Salt
5g

Ingredients

  • 400g cooked quinoa (or 175g dry weight, uncooked quinoa)
  • 8 chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 200g pink radishes or breakfast radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 handfuls fresh coriander leaves
  • 300g kimchi (unpasteurised)
  • Cold-pressed toasted sesame oil or sunflower oil for drizzling
  • 4 handfuls soft salad leaves (about 100g), rinsed and patted dry

Method

  1. If you don’t have cooked quinoa, put the dry quinoa in a bowl, cover with cold water and leave for 6-12 hours at room temperature. Rinse through in a sieve until there’s no froth, then drain and put into a lidded pan with 175g water. Bring to the boil, cover, then turn down the heat and simmer until the water is absorbed. Turn off the heat and put the lid on the pan for another 5 minutes, then tip out the quinoa onto a plate to cool.
  2. Put three quarters of the mushrooms, radishes and coriander in a bowl. Add the cooled quinoa and most of the kimchi, drizzle in a glug of oil and mix. Add any cooked pulses now, if using, and extra oil if needed.
  3. Put salad leaves in each of 4 dining bowls and top with the quinoa salad. Arrange the remaining mushrooms, radishes, coriander leaves and kimchi on top, then add any protein you’re using.

Recipe is from Naomi Devlin’s cookbook Food for a Happy Gut (£20, Headline).

delicious. tips

  1. Make the kimchi 2 weeks in advance. If you don’t have time to soak the quinoa (step 1), cook straightaway.

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