Pretty in Pink Salad with Quinoa [vegan]

Pretty in Pink Salad - not Only Pretty but Also Very Healthy

When my daughter decided to become a vegetarian, I worried how she was going to get complete proteins without eating meat products. So I was happy when I learnt that certain combinations of plant ingredients (e.g. beans & rice, hummus & pita bread, tofu & rice, beans & tortilla, lentils & bulgur, pea & bread) would provide the complete proteins even if not eaten together at the same meal but within the same day. But I was even happier to learn there are actually some types of plant food that by themselves supply us with all essential amino acids, and quinoa is one of them. So I serve quinoa quite often now, and we all do enjoy it a lot. However, due to its natural bitterness, it has to be prepared in a certain way before cooking to eliminate this slightly nasty taste. Once it’s cooked properly (as per instructions included in the recipe below), you can use it in this delicious Pretty in Pink Salad.

Pretty in Pink Salad with Quinoa (vegan)

A vegan beetroot salad with complete proteins coming from the quinoa.
Servings people
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes



  1. Prepare the quinoa: put it to a fine mesh strainer, rinse it under running cold water rubbing the seeds with each other with your fingers (for at least 1 minute) and drain well. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pot over a medium heat and fry the drained quinoa for about 1 minute till the rest of water evaporates. Add water, 0.25 tsp salt and bring to boil. Lower the heat and cook covered for approx. 15 minutes. Take it out from the heat and let it rest covered for 5 minutes more. Fluff the quinoa with a fork. The quinoa has to be dry, in case there is still some water left, transfer it to a strainer and let it drain completely.
  2. While you wait for the quinoa to cook, combine the onion and lemon juice and let it marinate for a few minutes.
  3. Combine all the ingredients, add salt and pepper according to your taste and stir gently.
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Agnieszka Weiner

Hi, I am Agnieszka, and I am passionate about delicious but healthy food. Many healthy dishes are bland and uninteresting. I reject this. So I created my blog Tastes of Health to share my yummy recipes for healthier (often plant-based and gluten-free) versions of family favourites. I look forward to receiving your feedback after you try them.

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