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Spiralized courgette, quinoa and tomato salad

This has been the salad that I have been taking to friends BBQ’s and parties this summer. It’s so easy to compile and stays looking good for several hours, it’s been quite a hit mainly because the courgettes look so stunning spiralized and are really delicious eaten raw, once, cut this way.

Loving adding lime to lift flavours in lots of salads and fruit dishes. Nigella seeds are a new find, also known as black onion seeds they add a further taste dimension.

Spiralized courgette, quinoa and tomato salad

Serves 6

200g quinoa
3 spring onions
juice of a lime
2 table spoons of good olive oil
3 medium courgettes spiralized
300g baby tomatoes quartered
2 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
small baby gem lettuce
zest of lime
handful of baby mint sprigs
nigella seeds
drizzle of fruity olive oil
salt and pepper

Firstly cook the quinoa as per the instructions – remember to rinse first. I find about 10 minutes enough. Drain well – place in a bowl with the oil, lime juice and spring onions – leave to cool.

To compile the salad place the baby gem leaves on a platter.
Season quinoa and spoon over lettuce.
Place the tomatoes in a bowl with the balsamic vinegar and season – mix and pile on top of quinoa. Then add courgette, lime zest, mint, a sprinkle of nigella seeds and a drizzle of olive oil.

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