Indulge in a romantic, health-conscious dining experience with our Candlelight Quinoa & Microgreen Salad. This dish perfectly aligns with the values of sustainability, wellness, and shared joy, making it ideal for a heartfelt Valentine’s meal.

Ingredients

• 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
• 2 cups vegetable broth
• 2 cups mixed microgreens
• 1 ripe avocado, sliced
• 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (In IG https://www.instagram.com/stakehillproduce/)
• 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped (Truly Organic)
• 1/4 cup roasted almonds, chopped
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (Regans Ridge)
• Juice of 1 lemon
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Optional: Edible flowers for garnish (The Sweetest Petal)

Instructions:

1. Cook Quinoa: In a saucepan, combine quinoa and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa is fluffy and liquid is absorbed.
2. Prepare the Salad: In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, mixed microgreens, avocado slices, cherry tomatoes, and red onion.
3. Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pour this dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.
4. Garnish and Serve: Sprinkle the roasted almonds over the salad. Garnish with edible flowers for an extra touch of romance. Serve the salad with candlelight for a perfect romantic meal.

Nutritional Information:

• Quinoa: A complete protein source, rich in fibre, B vitamins, and minerals like magnesium and iron.
• Microgreens: Packed with a higher concentration of nutrients compared to their mature counterparts. They provide vitamins C, E, and K.
• Avocado: High in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, fibre, and potassium.
• Cherry Tomatoes: A great source of antioxidants, including lycopene, vitamin C, and potassium.
• Almonds: Provide healthy fats, protein, and fibre, along with vitamin E, which is great for skin health.

Serving Tip:

This salad pairs beautifully with a glass of organic white wine or a refreshing herbal iced tea, enhancing the flavours and the overall dining experience.