Quinoa, Cucumber & Mango Mess with Pesto Sauce

This is one combination which sounds like it shouldn’t work – but once in the plate it absolutely does!

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Make sure to cater for cooling time as having all ingredients properly chilled will make the whole difference at serving time.

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For this recipe, also make sure you invest in good quality olive oil and a nicely ripe mango – these will make this dish the tastiest it can be!

 

RECIPE

Type: Vegetarian (can be made vegan if using vegan yogurt)

Approx. Preparation time: 10 mins

Approx. Cooking time: 20 mins

Approx. Cooling time: at least 30 mins

▪ Approx. Assembly time: 5 mins

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • Half a Cucumber
  • 2 Spring onions
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 small Ripe Mango
  • 1 Handful of fresh Basil (plus a couple of leaves to decorate)
  • 1 small Handful walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon of Greek Yogurt
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 5 tablespoons of Olive oil
  • Half a teaspoon ground Paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Preparation Steps

  1. Chop the cucumber and spring onions in small, thin pieces. Set aside together in a bowl and into the fridge.
  2. Peel and chop the mango in small cubes. Set aside in another bowl and also into the fridge.
  3. Wash the basil leaves (keeping a couple aside to decorate at the time of serving)

 

Cooking Steps

  1. Boil a pan of water, add a pinch of salt and the quinoa. Cook for 20 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked.
  2. In a blender, put together the basil, the walnuts, the lime juice, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of paprika, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed. Pop into a bowl and in the fridge to chill.
  3. Once the quinoa is cooked, sieve through and set aside to cool. Once the quinoa has cooled down, add the yogurt and a pinch of salt and pop into the fridge to chill.

 

Cooling Time

  1. Keep everything into the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or until serving time. The dish gives a really fresh combination that comes out even better when all ingredients are properly chilled.

 

Assembly Steps

  1. 5 minutes before serving, add salt, pepper and a dash of olive oil to the cucumber and spring onion mix.
  2. At serving time:
  3. Place the quinoa at the bottom of the plate.
  4. Top with the cucumber and spring onion mix and with some fresh mango, making as artistic a mess as you can!
  5. Drizzle the pesto mix all over in small dots all over the plate and top with a fresh basil leaf.
  6. Serve chilled!

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