Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Blood Orange Salad

Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Blood Orange Salad

No apologies for another recipe with blood oranges – this season I have not been able to get enough of this gorgeous fruit. I made this salad as a main course lunch dish but it would, of course, do well as a side dish too.

For 4 people:

Red and white quinoa mix – about 150 – 200g
½ lemon
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Bunch of flat leaf parsley
Black pepper
150g mix of watercress, spinach and rocket
12 spears purple sprouting broccoli
Handful of walnut pieces, chopped

Dressing:
½ blood orange
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Black pepper

Boil the quinoa until soft but still retaining a bite. I start to check after about 10 minutes so that I can take it off to drain as soon as it has the texture I like. Once it has been drained, place in a mixing bowl and add the juice of ½ lemon, 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil and a medium bunch of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped. Finally a grind of black pepper. Mix in gently and set aside.

Steam the spears of purple sprouting broccoli. I think they are best when tender but retaining a bite. Overcooked broccoli is not very appetising and loses vitamins so do keep an eye as they are cooking.

Using a large serving dish, arrange the mix of watercress, spinach and rocket leaves. Now scatter the quinoa over the leaves. Next lay out the broccoli spears. Lastly, the handful of chopped walnuts can be strewn over the salad.

Mix the ingredients for the salad and dress.

2 Responses to Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Blood Orange Salad

  1. Gae says:

    I made this today and the prawn and mango salad last night Both utterly delicious!

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