September 14, 2011

Quinoa salad with papaya and avocado

This salad was inspired by an amazing fruit box I received as a birthday gift from work - the box contained the best seasonal fruit, including bananas which I haven't had for so many months due to extremely high prices here in Sydney! It felt like luxury to have bananas again... and there were other treats in the box too, including delicious apples, pears, grapes, strawberries, a juicy mango, papaya...

This quinoa salad I made is definitely one of my favourites, and it's so quick to prepare it won't really require any particular effort at all. I love experimenting with new flavour combinations and as strange it may sound, dill goes really well with the flavours in this dish.

Quinoa salad with papaya and avocado
(serves 2)

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 papaya, cut into cubes
1/2 avocado, cut into cubes
1 small lemon, juiced
10cm piece of leek, finely sliced
3 tablespoons of fresh dill, finely chopped
extra-virgin olive oil
pinch of sea salt

1. Cook the quinoa in 1 1/2 cups of water for 10 minutes, then leave, covered, for 5 minutes. 

2. Fluff the quinoa with a fork, then combine with papaya, avocado and leek. 

3. Season with lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, salt and dill. Toss well to combine and serve.

Some of my birthday flowers are still looking gorgeous! Thank you Elizabeth!