A 5-Ingredient Salad for Any Season

A 5-Ingredient Salad for Any Season

Chef Kate inspires joy through her art of cooking and for many years has prioritized ‘love’ as her not-so-secret ingredient in her culinary creations. As a loyal long-time Spread the Light contributor, we call on Kate to share her healthy and delicious recipes. This 5-Ingredient salad can be warm or cool; perfect for all year round!


This salad is bursting with flavor and can be served warm or chilled! It is a lighter gluten-free twist on the traditional couscous Tabouli salad. You can also use cooked brown rice if you prefer. The fresh herbs and citrus work together beautifully, making this dish pop. I love using assorted colors of tomatoes too, but you can use whatever you have on hand. SERVES 3-4 people PREP TIME 30 minutes NOTE For this recipe you’ll need 3 cups of cooked quinoa. Refrigerated for at least an hour if you’re serving a chilled salad.

TIP  I love adding culinary oils to my food and drinks Try adding a little lemon culinary oil to this dish to enhance the citrus flavor! INGREDIENTS
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa (chilled or room temp.)
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes (assorted colors)
  • 3 tbsp each finely chopped parsley, coriander, and mint (reserve a few leaves for serving)
  • 3 tbsp each fresh lemon juice and olive oil (to taste)
  • 1 tsp sea salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • ¼ cup of each raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup grated carrot, zucchini or peeled broccoli stems
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 1- 2 tsp maple syrup or coconut syrup (to taste)
  • 2 -3 drops culinary lemon oil (to taste)
METHOD 1.     Place quinoa in a large bowl and add all the other ingredients. Gently mix well to combine. Add some of the Optional Additions now if you choose, and gently mix in. 2.     Check for seasoning and add a little more, salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil if desired. Serve immediately or chill and serve later. The salad will keep for up to 4 days if refrigerated. Sending ‘The Flavour of Joy’ Chef Kate www.theflavourofjoy.com Chef Kate has launched her new cookbook, The Flavour of Joy. Containing stories to inspire, amuse and uplift as well as delicious, healthy recipes you’ll love. Kate uses local organic and sustainable ingredients in her tasty and nutritious recipes, also including superfoods and medicinal herbs in her dishes to create healthy and nourishing food for the body, mind, and spirit. You can purchase her cookbook from www.theflavourofjoy.com

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