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“Beetroot is an excellent blood cleanser and heart nourisher and perfect to help ground if feeling the sometimes spacey yang energy of summer”

Beetroot and Quinoa Salad with citrus coconut kefir mint and bee pollen

Serves 2 | Prep time: 20 min |Cooking time: 20 min

Ingredients


2 cups fresh water
2 cups quinoa
Pinch sea salt
For the beets
4 purple beets, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt
For the salad
1 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
1 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
2 shallots, finely chopped
⅓ cup roasted pistachios, roughly chopped
⅓ cup pomegranate seeds (or blueberries if preferred)
Salt
Sprinkling of edible flowers and bee pollen

For the kefir

I am investigating making this from scratch with a kefir starter but if you haven’t got forever i used ‘Coco’s’ coconut kefir and mixed with the zest and juice of a lemon.

 

Make it

Bring the quinoa to a simmer with the salt and then put a lid on the pot, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the quinoa sit in the pot with the lid on for another 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool.

Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil and add the beets. Simmer the beets over medium heat for 20 minutes and then drain and rinse the beets under cold water while rubbing the skin off the beets. Slice the peeled beets into wedges and toss with the oil and red wine vinegar and season to taste with salt. Set them aside.

In a large bowl, toss the quinoa with the fresh herbs and the shallots and season to taste with salt. Add most of the pomegranate seeds and pistachios with the quinoa and toss well and then transfer to a bowl or platter.

Add the beets around the outside of the bowl or platter and then sprinkle the remaining seeds and nuts, bee pollen and edible flowers to the top of the salad and serve.

Drizzle the citrus coconut kefir around the side to make it look fancy and enjoy. In Sri Lanka (where the inspo for this dish came from) they used the most incredible fresh buffalo curd for this and wherever you bought the curd you could meet the buffalo it came from. If you’re going to eat animal produce this is how it’s done right! 

Healing Notes

  • Beetroot is an excellent blood cleanser and heart nourisher and perfect to help ground if feeling the sometimes spacey yang energy of summer
  • Bee pollen can speed up the healing process due to its anti-inflammatory properties, is a natural energy booster due to it’s high B vitamins and has been said to help reduce symptoms of the menopause as it regulates hormones
  • NB Contraindications: Bee pollen should be avoided for children and pregnant women. Women should also avoid using bee pollen if they are breastfeeding. Bee pollen may cause increased bleeding if taken with certain blood thinners like warfarin.
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