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Vegan Kale, Quinoa and Squash Salad with Tahini Dressing

  • Serves 4

Here we have a sustaining and nourishing quinoa, squash and kale salad from Kate Percy.

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With its citrusy tahini dressing this salad provides a variety of minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc, as well as vitamins A, C, E and B vitamins. Eat immediately or prepare in advance and keep in the fridge for your weekday lunches.

Nutritionist and keen amateur athlete Kate Percy set up GoFaster campaign in 2009 and, following the publication of several sports nutrition books, now produces a range of all-natural energy balls, Go Bites.

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Ingredients

For the salad

  • quinoa 300g
  • butternut squash 1, deseeded and cubed
  • extra virgin olive oil 2tbsp
  • ground cumin 1tsp
  • garlic 1 clove, peeled and crushed
  • orange zest 1 orange
  • lemon zest 1 lemon
  • kale 500g, tear into pieces, discard stems
  • flat-leaf parsley 25g, roughly chopped

For the tahini dressing

  • tahini 3tbsp
  • garlic 1 clove, peeled and crushed
  • lemon juice 2tbsp
  • orange juice 2tbsp
  • warm water 5tbsp
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Method

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°c. Place the squash on a baking tray, toss with 1 tbsp olive oil, plus salt and pepper. Bake for 30mins until golden. Set aside to cool.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, rinse quinoa under cold running water. Transfer to a pan and top up with double the amount of salted water. Over a medium heat, bring to the boil and then simmer for 10-15mins.

  • Step 3

    Transfer to a bowl. Mix in 1 tbsp olive oil, cumin, garlic, orange and lemon zest (keeping a little for decoration).

  • Step 4

    Make the dressing: combine the tahini, garlic and citrus juices in a mixing bowl, then whisk in the water until you have a creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Then steam the kale until tender.

  • Step 5

    Combine the squash, kale and quinoa. Serve in a large flat bowl, garnish with the fresh parsley, lemon and orange zest, and drizzle over the tahini dressing.

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