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Jamie Oliver’s San Fran Quinoa Salad

Taken from the ‘Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals’ cookbook this salad is accompanied in the book by ‘Blackened Chicken.’  This was a recipe that suited my tastebuds perfectly but my kids thought it too ‘adulty’ so it might be one to reserve for a dinner party or a nice lunch with more sophisticated company than ungrateful sprogs.
Jamie Oliver Blackened Chicken
If you’re new to Quinoa you might like to know that it is pronounced keen-wah.  It’s virtues are also raved about by Goop front woman Gwyneth Paltrow – you know the one, she writes cookbooks and does a bit of acting on the side.

Jamie Oliver’s ‘San Fran Quinoa Salad’ (not an exact reproduction)
You will need:

300g Quinoa
1 red chilli
100g baby spinach
4 spring onions
1 bunch fresh coriander
1 bunch fresh mint
1 ripe large mango
2 limes
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or rapeseed oil
1 ripe avocado (Mine wasn’t ripe enough so left it out)
50g feta cheese (I used 100g)
1 punnet of cress (I couldn’t get  hold of this so left it out)
Place the quinoa in a saucepan, just cover with boiling water and simmer with a lid on while you prepare the salad (take care not to let it dry out completely and top up with water if necessary).
Put the red chilli, baby spinach, spring onions, coriander and  leaves of the mint into the processor and blitz until finely chopped.
Peel and cut the mango into cubes.  Halve the avocado and remove the stone.
Drain and rinse the cooked quinoa under a cold tap and drain again.
Place the quinoa on a large serving platter then mix through the blitzed spinach mixture.
Squeeze over the juice of the two limes and drizzle over the 2 tsbp of oil and mix again.
Top with the cubed mango.
Using a spoon scoop out curls of avocado and top the salad with this and crumbled feta.
Snip the cress on the top.
{picture above shows salad topped with blackened chicken – simply  chicken rubbed with smoked paprika & allspice and then pan-fried before being sliced up}
‘Til next time, Sheila


Irish Author - Dubut romantic fiction novel 'Good Enough' published in 2021. 'Gimme Dinner' a collection of 50 great dinner recipes published in 2022. 'Enjoy' published by Mercier Press in 2016 .'Gimme the Recipe' published in 2012. Work in admin of our Food Safety Consultancy business - Industrial Management Systems with my husband Denis.

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