Summer Superfood Salad

You’ll love this summer superfood salad. How better to make sure you combine as many superfoods as possible into your daily diet, than by having them in an amazingly tasty and colourful summer superfood salad like this?

Stuffed full of healthy superfoods plus a wholegrain boost from the quinoa, this vegetarian lunch or dinner option is sure to satisfy all appetites

Hey folks, so you may well be asking, “OK, so a summer superfood salad, but just what exactly is a ‘superfood’”?

Well. A well-known search engine defines it as “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”.

Stuffed full of healthy superfoods plus a wholegrain boost from the quinoa, this vegetarian lunch or dinner option is sure to satisfy all appetites.

So, let’s list just some of the superfood nutritional benefits of this summer superfood salad that contribute towards your health and wellbeing:-

  • Quinoa contains twice the protein content of rice and is known to be an excellent source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also has high levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fibre.
  • Butternut squash is low in fat, high in antioxidants (natural compounds found in food that can prevent or slow cell damage), potassium and vitamin B6. The colour indicates the presence of heart disease and cancer protecting nutrients knows as carotenoids.
  • Broccoli is a good source of vitamin C, can help to reduce levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (both of which can cause cardiovascular disease) plus it contains folate and soluble and insoluble fibre and calcium too.
  • Pine nuts and sunflower seeds are great sources of the essential fatty acid (omega 6), as well as both being rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid, said to help lower bad cholesterol and promote good cholesterol in the blood.

That’s a lot of good nutrition there!

You’ll find this is a great salad to take to work as a packed lunch.

That’s how I enjoy mine most.

Stuffed full of healthy superfoods plus a wholegrain boost from the quinoa, this vegetarian lunch or dinner option is sure to satisfy all appetites.

It’s easily “freshened” up with a little squeeze of lemon or a dash of salt and pepper.

Great too served with some crisp breads!

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Stuffed full of healthy superfoods plus a wholegrain boost from the quinoa, this vegetarian lunch or dinner option is sure to satisfy all appetites
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Summer Superfood Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Stuffed full of healthy superfoods plus a wholegrain boost from the quinoa, this vegetarian superfood salad is a sure winner..

Course: Lunch or Dinner
Servings: 4
Calories: 361 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 100 g quinoa
  • 330 ml vegetable stock
  • 300 g butternut squash , peeled and cubed
  • 130 g chopped broccoli
  • 100 g peas
  • 100 g wild rocket leaves , chopped
  • 2 ripe salad tomatoes , chopped
  • 1 inch piece of cucumber , diced
  • 30 g pine nuts , toasted
  • 10 g sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • A good squeeze of fresh lemon
Instructions
  1. Wash the quinoa in cold water, drain and place in a small saucepan along with the vegetable stock. Bring the stock to the boil then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes until most of the stock has been absorbed. Remove from heat, drain excess stock and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Whilst quinoa is cooking, prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Cook the butternut squash, broccoli and peas. Prepare each based on their cooking times until they are al-dente.
  4. Place the wild rocket, drained quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli, butternut squash, peas, pine nuts and sunflower seeds into a large bowl.
  5. Toss everything together in the olive oil and serve with a good squeeze of fresh lemon.

Nutrition Facts
Summer Superfood Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 142
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.8g 24%
Saturated Fat 1.6g 8%
Sodium 46.3mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 9.7g 39%
Sugars 8.2g
Protein 12.4g 25%
Vitamin A 79%
Vitamin C 145%
Calcium 13%
Iron 27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Stuffed full of healthy superfoods plus a wholegrain boost from the quinoa, this vegetarian summer superfood salad is sure to satisfy all appetites.

Well, we’re on a complete money saving exercise here now, since I mentioned in chicken caesar salad recipe, that we’ve booked a trip to Uganda in December to go Gorilla Trekking.

So, other than climbing Ben Nevis at the end of August and a possible weekend staying over in Edinburgh (we’ve vouchers for a free stay there) it’s time to watch those pennies!

Anyway, I’ll let you know of the preparations for this trip over the next few months, and try to contain our excitement!!

Anyhoo. Let’s link up with Ms Spoons, as its Thursday @ Running with Spoons  and head on over there to check out what everyone else is up too!

Have a good one! 🙂

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You'll love this summer superfood salad. How better to make sure you combine as many superfoods as possible into your daily diet, than by having them in an amazingly tasty and colourful summer superfood salad like this?

Comments

  1. YUM! I’ve been on a salad kick too, Neil. I LOVE raw broccoli and cauliflower on my salads, and have been really getting into adding nuts and seeds too. Your salads look a lot more pretty than mine do though lol. My food is all over the shop and a hot mess. 😉

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Glad you like this one Erin, thanks! 🙂

      I think that so many folks boil their vegetables to death and eat them experiencing no taste or joy from them, that’s sad. I like raw broccoli a lot in my salads, and I’m thinking I should add more raw cauliflower too, thanks for the reminder.

      I did spend a while getting the salad looking pretty for the photos here, with equal colours but normally I’d just chuck everything onto the plate, with no thought! 😆

  2. This looks absolutely fantastic!! I need to try it.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Liz. 😀

      I did try a combination of dressings before I settled on just a little olive oil and a good squeeze of lemon. It just felt “fresher” that way.

      I’d love to hear feedback if you get a chance to try it out. 🙂

  3. neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

    Hey Alexis, thanks for checking out Neil’s Healthy Meals! 🙂

    Thanks for your comment, you can certainly put as much butternut squash into this salad as you like. It’s one of my favourite ingredients in this salad. Although I guess really I like them all! 😉

  4. This sounds divine! I love butternut squash and pinenuts. Will have to try this!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hey Amber, thanks for your comment and jumping over here to Neil’s Healthy Meals! 🙂

      Yeah, I’m glad that I left those items in the salad. They really compliment it well with their soft tasty texture.

  5. This looks like a great salad!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks for your comment Nancy, I’ve been enjoying reading through your blog. 🙂

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