Quinoa Salad with Mango Dressing

Last weekend, J. and I organised a barbecue for our friends, because they were so sweet to come and help us with the demolition of (some parts of) our house. I spent a full day in the kitchen slicing vegetables, preparing salads, making vegan burgers (from The Best Veggie Burgers On The Planet) and – of course – a delicious desert. I love the spend the day doing nothing else then cooking.

Burgers are great, but I always look forward to the side dishes on a bbq, the salads. This Quinoa Salad is one of the four salads I made. The sweetness of the mango and the sour taste of the lemon in the dressing, make this the ideal cool dish for the summer.

Quinoa Salad with Mango Dressing (inspired by this recipe from Vanilla & Spice)

For 4 persons

1 cup quinoa
1 can chickpeas
1 red pepper

1 avocado
1/3 cup sunflowerseeds

For the dressing:
1 ripe mango
1/4 cup lemonjuice

1 tbsp olive oil (EV)
1 handfull coriander

1/4 – 1/2 tsp cayennepepper
black pepper

Cook the quinoa and prepare the dressing. You slice the mango in little pieces and put them, together with the other ingredients, in the blender. (At first, I used 1/4 tsp cayennepepper, it was slightly too mild for my taste. If you prefer a mild dressing, you should go with the 1/4 tsp).

Rinse the chickpeas and slice the pepper and avocado in cubes. Put them all together in a bowl. Cool the quinoa and add it to the vegetables.

Pour the dressing over the salad and enjoy!

Tip: When you love a little bite in your salad, you should add the dressing right before you’re going to eat it. The dressing tends to make quinoa softer.

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