January 31, 2012

Snap pea, quinoa and hemp salad

I often pick up seasonal produce from the markets without knowing exactly what I might use it for. To me, fresh ingredients are all the inspiration I need to get thinking about recipes and start cooking!
This past weekend, I picked up a big bag of gorgeously green snap peas from the market, along with a ton of other fresh vegetables, of course. I really wanted to embrace the beautiful flavour of these peas and to do that, the best way to enjoy them was raw. 

I've combined some left-over quinoa, fresh parsley from my kitchen garden, a cooling and alkalising cucumber and some nutrient-rich hemp seeds to make this delicious lunch salad. Lightly drizzled fresh lemon juice and good olive oil is all you need to enjoy these summer flavours.

Snap pea, quinoa and hemp salad
(Serves 2)

300g snap peas
100g cooked, cool quinoa
1 small cucumber
1 handful of fresh parsley
3 tablespoons hulled hemp seeds*
1/2 lemon, juiced
extra-virgin olive oil

* In Australia, hemp seeds are available online - http://www.hempgallery.com.au/

1. Shell the snap peas. Combine the peas with quinoa, chopped cucumber and finely chopped parsley.

2. Lightly toast the hemp seeds on a dry frying pan. Toss them in with the rest of the ingredients. 

3. Drizzle lemon juice and olive oil over the salad. Toss to mix.


  1. That looks delicious! Such a fresh way to integrate quinoa. It can be quite hard to get hemp seeds here in Australia, but I am going to make an effort to seek them out! Thanks x

  2. wow, this looks and sounds really delicious! I think I've even seen hemp seeds in my health food store.

  3. Bet that tastes good. Diane

  4. Lovely, thankyou for the recipe x

  5. You know I never had peas in their pods until I went to Helsinki, where we got a huge bucket at the market and ate it by the water. I LOVED IT!

  6. Hemp seeds are new to me also - but, loving to learn, will try to get them and 'test' a very appealing recipe!

  7. I know what you mean about snapping up gorgeous produce just because they are fresh and in season without a specific plan for them yet! I am guilty of the too! You certainly found a great place for those peas though :) Yum!

  8. Lovely, Maria! A healthy salad that my wife would love! And that snap pea pic is gorgeous.

  9. I've never tried hemp seeds. You've inspired me!


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