This fresh and zesty salad is a perfect weight loss friendly side to serve at your next BBQ, with a roast chicken, or with some grilled fish.
Quinoa is such a great option to add to your salads.
Instead of being a traditional carb like rice, pasta or cous cous, this nutritional powerhouse is packed with protein and healthy fibre – all great for weight loss.
Using fresh herbs in your cooking is another weight loss cooking tip that we absolutely love (even better if you can grow some in a pot at home).
Parsley and mint are a match made in heaven, and the fresh lemon cuts through it all to add a nice zing.

  • ¾ cup quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped parsley leaves
  • ½ cup chopped mint leaves
  • ¼ cup crushed almonds, cashews or pistachios
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Rinse your quinoa under running water.
  • Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan and add the quinoa.
  • Turn down to a low simmer and cook for around 15 minutes, or until the water has all been absorbed. Set aside to cool for 30 minutes.
  • Make the dressing by combining the olive oil, lemon, cumin and cinnamon.
  • Place the quinoa into your salad bowl and add the tomatoes and cucumber.
  • Drizzle over the dressing, season to taste, and then stir through the chopped herbs.
  • Chill for 30 minutes before serving with the crushed nuts over the top.

Serves: 6. Calories per serve: 250.
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