Immune Boosting Mediterranean Herb, Beetroot & Quinoa Salad

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Summery salads are not only useful for summer but also have their place during winter.

The high nutrient herbs in this salad provide anti-inflammatory benefits and will boost your immune system during the time of year when we are all susceptible to our immune systems being compromised.  What is wonderful though, is that this salad is also flavour packed and fresh tasting and brings some well needed brightness to our plate.

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Immune Boosting herb, Beetroot and Quinoa Salad

Fresh Parsley, Basil, Coriander , Sage and Dill are commonly used and principal to the Mediterranean diet.  Parsley is rich in iron and beta-carotene and contains the highest amounts of Vitamin C than any other vegetable or fruit.  Rich in flavonoids & essential nutrients like magnesium, calcium and potassium.

Coriander, provides protection against skin inflammation, high cholesterol , anaemia, indigestion and the list goes on.

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health boosting, fresh and flavoursome herbs in Salad

What is really surprising is that dill also possess incredible health benefits – similar properties to garlic.

This salad is mixed with our favourite root vegetables, beetroot and roasted sweet potato – they themselves provide wonderful health benefits,  Finally it is tossed through an olive oil, lemon vinaigrette dressing.

Make a large batch, refrigerate covered and will last 3 or 4 days for a wonderful grab and go meal.  Wonderful for those who like to meal prep.

All you need is a window with sunlight and you can grow your own herbs for a continual supply throughout the year.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh dill

3/4 cup parsley

1/4 cup coriander

1/4 cup fresh rocket

1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped in half

6 baby beetroot or 1 medium beetroot

1 sweet potato

1 red onion

1 baby red cos lettuce

feta for decoration

1 cup uncooked quinoa – tricolour or white.

200g beef strips

1 teaspoon paprika, tumeric

Dressing

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

4-6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

4-6 tablespoons  apple cider vinegar (optional)

1 pinch of salt and pepper

Method

Cook the quinoa as per packet instructions.  They are usually boiled in a saucepan under medium heat for approximately 15-20 minutes.

Chop root vegetables into small equal sized pieces.   Steam or microwave for 5 minutes, then grill for another five minutes or until there exterior is crispy and golden.  The reason the vegetables are steamed first – it is quicker!

Chop all the herbs, lettuce and tomatoes and set aside.

Spray olive oil into your pan and cook the beef strips on high and add the crushed garlic, turmeric and paprika.  Set aside.

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In a large mixing bowl, add the quinoa, root  vegetables, herbs, lettuce and tomatoes and finally the beef strips.  Mix your dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.

Gently toss the salad to mix all the ingredients together.

This salad stores well in the fridge in a sealed container.  It will be even fresher if you keep the dressing prepared separately in the fridge and mix into the portion of salad being used.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Tasty and beautiful!! 😁

    1. Fresh, tasty and good for you🌿✌️

  2. Ben Aqiba says:

    That looks so delicious 🙂

    1. Ben, my husband was very happy to see this salad when he came home from the gym.

      1. Ben Aqiba says:

        I’m sure he is.That looks so healthy 🙂

  3. BAKER MAN says:

    Looks so good and summery!

  4. Delicious looking, well done!!

    1. Thank you Adrianne. 🙂

  5. OJ's Pride says:

    Looks attractive & tasty

  6. mistimaan says:

    Lovely recipe

    1. Thank you Mistimaan 🙂

  7. Looks and sounds delicious! Love a salad chock full of herbs :0).

  8. chefkreso says:

    Have to admit, this is one amazing salad! Makes me want to go to the kitchen and check if I have all the ingredients needed to mix it up, even though it’s midnight here in Zagreb 😛

    1. Oh no kreso there are a lot of ingredients but it is well worth it. I have realised there is not a salad I make now without at least one Herb. It helps that.i grow my own for continual supply…

      1. chefkreso says:

        Really? That sounds great, wish I could have a place where I can grow lots of vegetables 😀

      2. Perhaps window with sun to grow some herbs…

  9. Wow, thanks for the post! I never really though of salads as also providing immune support. I guess during winter we all just focus on soups!

  10. We love quinoa and this looks absolutely amazing! I might try it this week as it is great inspiration and I can find almost everything in my kitchen or garden! Definitely on my list this week 😍 Thank you!

    1. Hi Vero, have had a lot of positive feedback with this salad. Do Let me know how you go.

      1. I bet you do! 🙂 I will definitely get back to you 🙂 <3

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