Quinoa with Roasted Carrots, Onions, Kale, Toasted Almonds and Cranberries salad

Serves 6-8

  • 300g organic quinoa
  • 1 bunch of dutch carrots, peeled and trimmed  
  • 2 red onions, sliced   
  • 1 tablesoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika, cumin and cayeen pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup toasted slithered almonds
  • 4 leaves of kale, washed and shredded finely
  • 2 spring onions, sliced   
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 teaspoon pomergranate malasis 
  • 2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijion mustard 
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper


1. Place the quinoa into a saucepan of salted, boiling water and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Strain and allow to cool. 

2. In a large roasting tin, scatter peeled, whole dutch carrots. Add spices, onion wedges, salt and pepper and a good drizzle of oil. Roast until tender and caramelised 20-25 minutes    

3. Meanwhile - Wash and finely shred the kale, spring onions and place into a large mixing bowl with toasted almonds, cranberries and lightly blanched green beans (cut in half). Toss the quinoa through the mixture.   

4. Add roasted vegetables. Combine all ingrediunts for dressing into a small jar and shake until combined.  

5. Pour dressing over salad and top with a few dollops of quality greek yogurt. Check for a final seasoning and serve.   

Quinoa with Roasted Carrot, Caramelised Onion, Green Beans, Toasted Almonds and Cranberries salad

Quinoa is considered a super food because it is rich in amino acids. It also offers an abundance in protein that is easily digestible. Quinoa is full of fibre, calcium and iron making it a healthy staple for pregnant women. It is available in red or white varieties at all major supermarkets in the healthy food isle or consult your health care store.     

Purchase Fiona Inglis' cookbook for more exciting ways to encourage both children and parents to explore their taste buds through growing and preparing healthy, seasonal recipes. It's sure to entice even the fussiest of eaters!