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Easy Quinoa Salad with Sardines

September 12, 2015

Quinoa, Quinoa, Quinoa, Quinoaaaaaa ohhhh Quinoaaaaaa….. Where do I begin? 😉 Quinoa has saved my life many times!!!!!! Ahahkz, how is that so, you may wonder.. Well, let me ask, how many times have you been in the situation of that Sunday night and suddenly remember that oh goshhhh… It’s back to work tomorrow. It’s Monday and it’s 9pm and then that thought of packed lunch creeps in and you just don’t want to buy lunch and……………………………….

You then suddenly realize there is quinoa in the fridge and that solves all the agony! Ahakz 😉 Quinoa and Tuna, with or without greens, is already a meal, all good to go! Yes, that is my true blue Quinoa story. Quinoa is so easy to prepare and is also a great alternative to rice. 

More often than not, on Summer days when I feel like I want a big salad for lunch, more than just Quinoa and Sardines, I add on the protein and greens, with some easy dressing over and Voila! My Summer meal is done! I find that this Quinoa Salad with Sardines is perfect on a hot Summer day, particularly for those ‘too hot to eat’ days. If you are after that perfect Summer Salad, look out for this very, Very, VERY EASYYYYYYY recipe below….


Easy Quinoa Salad with Sardines
A quick, easy and healthy salad.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. 1 can small Sardines in Olive Oil (John West / Always Fresh brands are ideal for this salad)
  3. A handful mixed greens. (washed and drained)
  4. 1 egg (hardboiled)
For the dressing
  1. 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  2. 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  3. Squeeze of Lemon juice
  4. Salt & Pepper to taste
  5. 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  1. Bring one and a half cups water to boil.
  2. Add in Quinoa and leave to boil slowly till Quinoa has absorbed all the water and leave aside.
  3. Plate some Quinoa onto a serving bowl.
  4. Arrange all other ingredients together.
  5. Pour dressing as desired.
  6. Ready to serve.
For the Dressing
  1. Put all dressing ingredients into a small bowl.
  2. Give a quick whisk.
  1. When boiling Quinoa, ensure the amount of water is in the ratio of 1:1/1.5 with the Quinoa so as to prevent Quinoa from turning soggy.
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