Quinoa, Plum & mint Tabouleh
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
2 cups flat leafed parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
3 scallions, green parts only, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
2tbsp olive oil
1tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2tsp brown sugar
5 ripe, sweet plums (if you’re buying from the farmer’s market, make sure they’re sweet and juicy, as unripe plums will be too bitter.)
Sea salt & pepper to taste.
Place the Quinoa in a small saucepan and cover with boiling water. Cover the pan and bring to a simmer for about 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa grains are translucent.
Set the quinoa aside and allow it to cool
Place the chopped parsley, mint and scallions in a large salad bowl and pour over the dressing ingredients (oil, lemon, vinegar and sugar.). Toss well and then add seasoning to taste. Add the cucumbers.
Cut the plums in half and remove the stone. Chop each plum into small cubes and mix into the salad.
Serve chilled or at room temperature with warm whole wheat pitta bread. You can also serve it as a tasty side to grilled meat or fish.