This is a delicious fruity quinoa salad recipe perfect for summer or autumn when plums are in season. It is extremely easy and cheap to make and great for all the family.
If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count this as free or easily within your allowances, of course always check your plan for advice.
Should you have this quinoa salad recipe hot or cold?
Just Average Jen is an independent blog and in no way connected with any weight loss plan and no contributors have been trained by them or worked for them. It is the reader’s responsibility to check Slimming World syn values, WW points and any other allowances themselves as those given are approximate.
What makes this quinoa salad perfect on Slimming World
If you follow Slimming World you will know that cooked fruits are synned, but don’t panic. Even when you syn the fruit you still have a tasty low syn meal that is perfect for a Slimming World lunch or main meal.
Quinoa is a really healthy grain with so many benefits, that combined with the vegetables and chickpeas in this recipe means you really have an amazing plate of nutrients.
The only syns are in the cooked plum which is minimal and you will love the recipe so much you don’t mind. It is a great way to enjoy the seasonal autumn fruit too.
Adaptions you could make to this recipe
If you enjoy this recipe and fancy making a few adaptions to it here are some great ways you could alter it to be a little different with the same delicious flavours.
Adding 50g of whole almonds to the recipe at the same time as the chickpeas is a great addition to this recipe. These organic Sicilian almonds would be perfect but if you have any almonds in the cupboard they will do the job too. 50g of almonds is 15 syns if you are a Slimming World follower so around 4 syns a portion. Alternatively, double the weight of almonds and count 25g per person as your healthy extra b choice.
If you would like to add a dressing to this recipe a simple olive oil dressing would be perfect. If you follow Slimming World you would need to count the syns though. A simple recipe is 3 tbsp olive oil, tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp dijon mustard then seasoned as required. This would make enough for 4 portions to have a drizzle on and works out as 18.5 syns in total and 4.5 syns each.
The choice is yours whether these adaptations would suit you. Why not give them a try and see what you think?
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Delicious fruity roast plum, sweet potato and quinoa salad which is really easy to make for all the family to enjoy and tasty whether hot or cold so perfect for a packed lunch.
Preheat oven to 200°c/Gas 6
Cook the quinoa using the boiling water then strain and set aside
Stir the cooked quinoa and raw baby spinach into the plum mixture and serve hot. Alternatively leave to cool and serve cold.
It is best used within 48 hours of cooking.
Keywords: Quinoa salad, roast plum, fruity quinoa
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