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?
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 search engine defines it as “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”.
And there’s a whole lot of of good nutrition here!
A delicious salad like this will help you save money as well as getting all your daily nutrient requirements.
You see 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.
I’ll let you know of the preparations for this trip over the next few months, and try to contain our excitement!!
But in the meantime and back to this recipe let’s list just some of the superfood nutritional benefits of this summer superfood salad that contribute towards your health and wellbeing!
Why This Superfood Salad Is So Good For You!
- 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.
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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!
Summer Superfood Salad Recipe
You’ll find this is a great salad to take to work as a packed lunch.
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!
I’d love to hear what you think of my recipe in the comments below and please do rate my recipe 5* if you like it! 🙂
Summer Superfood Salad
- 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
- 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.
- Whilst quinoa is cooking, prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- Cook the butternut squash, broccoli and peas. Prepare each based on their cooking times until they are al-dente.
- Place the wild rocket, drained quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli, butternut squash, peas, pine nuts and sunflower seeds into a large bowl.
- Toss everything together in the olive oil and serve with a good squeeze of fresh lemon.