Warm Apple and Walnut Quinoa Salad


I love how versatile this dish is. It is perfectly delicious on its own, or served as a side with roast veg, fish or meat. It also makes a great stuffing. Why not try it stuffed into a large flat mushroom or a winter squash? It wouldn’t even be out of place as a meat substitute on your Christmas dinner plate. Full of protein from the quinoa and walnuts, this is a really satisfying meal or side. And I am currently obsessed with the complimentary tang that apples can bring to a lot of savoury dishes! (Did you see my parsnip and apple soup?!)

One of the best things about experimenting in the kitchen is discovering unusual combinations that work really well! Sage is a herb that I have never used much in the past, but has become a real favourite of mine this winter. It compliments winter vegetables so well and works perfectly in stews and risotto. Sage has a really hearty, comforting flavour which makes it a great addition to any vegetarian dish, especially if you are using the dish as a meat substitute! I really hope you all find this recipe as versatile as I do, and I would love to see how you decide to use it!

Warm Apple and Walnut Quinoa Salad
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free
Serves: 2-4
  • 2 cups vegetable stock (preferably homemade or without palm oil)
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 medium eating apple
  • 1 small brown onion
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • 10 fresh sage leaves
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • A good amount of freshly ground black pepper
  1. Place the coconut oil in a medium pan on a low heat and melt
  2. Finely dice chop the onion and add to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes until soft but not browned
  3. Add the stock and the quinoa to the pan and bring to a simmer
  4. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes
  5. Meanwhile, peel, core and dice the apple
  6. Add the apple, sage, smoked paprika and black pepper to the pan and cook for a further 10 minutes until the quinoa is cooked and the apple soft
  7. Turn off the heat and gently mash with a fork to blend the apple in slightly
  8. Add the chopped walnuts and stir
  9. Serve with more walnuts and fresh sage leaves on top


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