Living Gems

Quinoa, Cucumber and Apple Salad

This month, we’d love to share one of our all-time favourite salad recipes. Quick and easy to throw together, it’s the perfect side dish to accompany a BBQ or roast. And you might also be lucky enough to use home-grown veggies from the community garden!

This salad does come with one warning though… be sure to dish your serving up first – as it’s that delicious, it will be devoured before you know it!


½ cup quinoa

1 continental cucumber (diced)

1 red apple (diced)

2 large handfuls baby spinach

½ red onion (thinly sliced)

2 tbsp sultanas

2 tbsp pine nuts


6 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 tsp dijon mustard

½ garlic clove (grated)


  1. Place the quinoa in a small saucepan with 1 cup of water. Cook uncovered on medium heat until the quinoa has absorbed all the water. Remove the saucepan from heat and cover, allowing it to steam for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine the cucumber, apple, baby spinach, red onion and sultanas in a salad bowl.
  3. Lightly roast the pine nuts in a pan over low heat (remember to turn often and keep an eye on them – they burn easily)! Set aside to cool.
  4. Combine the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well, or combine well in a mixing bowl
  5. Add the quinoa and dressing to salad ingredients and mix through.
  6. Sprinkle pine nuts on top of the salad.
  7. Voila! Your very yummy salad is ready to go. Enjoy!

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