Work Lunch – Quinoa salad

I heard about Quinoa  about a year ago, I’m sure that’s later than some people, but have you tried it yet? I have, and it’s definitely an alternative to couscous, which is refreshing. If not then do, at least once! Here is a salad that I’ve made myself this week, nice and easy and no need for cooking.

Quinoa 2 packets – I used Merchant Gourmet Red and White Quinoa
Small tin of tuna, drained
Drizzle of balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
cherry tomatoes halved (about 10+)
Pre cooked Beetroot about 5 small beetroots
Salt and pepper
Mint leaves (a sprig)

I bought a packet of instant quinoa, which can be eaten hot or cold, two packets should last for the week in this lunch salad mixture. A cheaper way would be to buy a dried packet, as you can with pasta and rice but I’d wait to see if you like it first, before buying bucket loads.

Empty the two packets of quinoa into your lunch box. 
Then open a can of tuna, drain, then empty the tuna into the lunch box.
Add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a good drizzle of balsamic vinegar and mix, be sure not to make the quinoa too wet, this is just to make the salad moist.
Half the tomatoes and quarter the beetroot and add these to the mix.
Now season this with salt and pepper and add a couple of torn mint leaves. Seal up your box and take this to work and enjoy.

The rules?  I don’t think there aren’t any! Take a look in your fridge to see what you would add to the quinoa mix, prehaps broccoli florets, or asparagus, or mackerel.


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