Quinoa with Sun-Blush Tomatoes and Olives


This delicious, easy mixture is ideal for anyone with food sensitivities, as it is gluten-,wheat- and dairy-free. It also has no added salt, other than that in the olives, but doesn’t taste bland thanks to the full-flavoured Mediterranean ingredients. The plentiful herbs, leaves and garlic make it a great source of antioxidants to protect your skin and health, while the quinoa contains all the eight essential amino acids that make up complete protein, as well as providing more calcium than milk. A simple, light recipe for an informal meal or to serve at a barbecue, this dish would go well with a mixed salad and avocado slices.


Serves 4

300g (101/2oz) quinoa

1 tbsp coconut oil or medium or mild (not extra virgin) olive oil

1 red onion, diced

2 courgettes, diced

juice of 1 lemon

2 handfuls of basil leaves

2 handfuls of flat leaf parsley

2 handfuls of rocket and/or watercress

2 handfuls of baby leaf spinach

1 garlic clove, crushed

freshly ground black pepper

175g (6oz) pitted Kalamata olives

175g (6oz) sun-blush tomatoes


1 Place the quinoa in a large saucepan, add double the amount of water and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes then rest, covered, for 5 minutes to allow the grains to become soft and fluffy.

2 Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté the onion and courgette for a minute. Then cover and sweat for around 5 minutes to soften them.

3 Place the lemon juice, herbs and leaves, garlic and black pepper in a blender or food processer and blitz until the leaves are finely chopped. Add the olives and sun-blush tomatoes and blend briefly until they are coarsely chopped and combined.

4 Stir the cooked vegetables and the olive mixture into the quinoa and taste to check the seasoning. Serve warm or cold

Cook’s Notes

Gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free • V • Can be made in advance

From Delicious, Health Sugar Free by Patrick Holford and Fiona McDonald Joyce. With special thanks to Fiona McDonald Joyce for use of these recipes for Holford Health Club members.


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