quinoa salad

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Hellllo weekend! I hope you’ve all had a lovely week. I’m sure you’re ready for another summer weekend. Well, before you turn of your computer for the weekend, I have a lovely recipe for you today from one of my dear friends, Hetty McKinnon, who writes the gorgeous blog, Arthur Street Kitchen. I met Hetty a few years ago when she moved from Australia to Brooklyn and I am so delighted we met because I honestly adore her. She’s authentic and a ball of fun. Her energy is contagious and I really enjoy spending time with her. She’s a busy mother and wife and now a published cookbook author, so without further ado, I bring you a recipe from Hetty’s new stunning cookbook, Neighborhood.

This recipe is insanely good. I rarely make lentils but I’m inspired to make more lentils after eating this salad. They’re so easy to digest and soft n’ tender. Why wasn’t I making more lentils throughout the last few years? I LOVE roasted Brussels sprouts so when I saw this recipe in Hetty’s cookbook, I couldn’t resist making it. Lentils, quinoa, Brussels sprouts, fresh parsley, fresh mint and a handful of other fresh ingredients make this recipe a winner for lunch or dinner anytime of the year. I’ll totally be making this recipe over and over again for myself for a weeknight dinner and also for entertaining when I have company over for dinner. It looks stunning when served and it’s super easy to make in under 30 minutes. I know you’re going to love it.

Hetty’s recipe calls for green lentils but I didn’t have any on hand so I used orange lentils instead, which brightened up the dish. I also had so much fresh basil on hand from my garden that I used some fresh basil in place of the fresh cilantro and it tasted delicious. I love playing around with different herbs and I LOVE how Hetty used both mint and cilantro here…using two different fresh herbs is such a great way to add incredible flavor to your meals without using added sugar or other inflammatory ingredients. I’m giving this pilaf a 10 because it was out of this world. Really, really good and the hazelnuts were the perfect crunch tossed in, Hetty!

quinoa salad


quinoa salad


Congrats, Hetty!

I absolutely LOVE your cookbook and can’t wait to make more of your stunning salads this summer.



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Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Quinoa & Lentil Pilaf {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan}
Serves: 4
quinoa salad
Free of gluten, dairy, soy, eggs. Vegan, Vegetarian.
Author: Hetty McKinnon
Recipe type: Entree



Quinoa and Lentil Pilaf

  • 1 cup green lentils rinsed (I used orange lentils)
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. cumin ground
  • 2 tsp. coriander ground
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon ground
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric ground
  • 2 cups red or white quinoa rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable stock


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the Brussels sprouts on a large baking tray, drizzle over the olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes, or until tender and golden. Remove from the oven and immediately drizzle over the honey.
  3. For the quinoa and lentil pilaf, add the lentils to a large saucepan of boiling water with a big pinch of salt. Simmer over medium heat for 20-25 minutes until soft. Drain. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the onion and garlic, and saute until soft. Add the spices and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant, then add the quinoa and stir to coat the grains in the spices. Pour over the vegetable stock, cover with a lid, and cook for 20 minutes, or until the stock has been absorbed and the quinoa is translucent. remove from the heat and leave the pilaf to sit for 5 minutes to enable the grains to fluff up. Stir in the lentils using a fork.
  4. To serve, pile the pilaf onto a large platter, top with the honey-roasted Brussels sprouts and scatter over the herbs and hazelnuts.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Quinoa & Lentil Pilaf {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 838 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 554mg24%
Potassium 2255mg64%
Carbohydrates 121g40%
Fiber 32g133%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 2740IU55%
Vitamin C 238.3mg289%
Calcium 269mg27%
Iron 14.9mg83%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. 5 stars
    Hi, I made this today and I was very happy with how it came out. It was very tasty and filling! I’m doing the elimination diet so this was perfect. I just made a couple of subs (maple syrup for honey, and sliced almonds as I couldn’t find hazelnuts). And I have enough for several days. Do you know if the recipe freezes well?

    1. Thank you Sarah! I haven’t tried freezing it but you can leave it in the fridge for up to 5 days. Have a beautiful week! xx

  2. Hello Amie, thank you so much for your reply. I live in the Netherlands and there seems to be a meat scandal every month. I don’t even trust the organic meat sold in supermarkets. Unfortunately we do not have farmer markets here. That is why I want to limit my meat consumption. I am still waiting for your cookbook to arrive, but I hope that it will help me with recipes without meat. Most AIP recipes online contain meat. I haven’t been tested on Candida and SIBO, but I have had problems with my intestines for at least 20 years. Seeing as I have an Auto Immune disease, I must have a leaky gut.

  3. 1 star
    Hello Amy, I made this recipe and after eating it, both me and my twin sister felt completely tired. We couldn’t keep our eyes open:-( and we ate it for lunch. It is really disappointing, because I really would like to go AIP without meat. But it seems like this food is not agreeing with me. Both me and my twin sister have Hashimoto’s and I am desperately looking for a healthy diet that does not involve eating meat. I have ordered your book, but it hasn’t arrived yet. I hope those recipes will be better suited to me. We will see.

    1. Hi Hechy,
      This isn’t my recipe. It’s a recipe from my friend Hetty’s new cookbook, which I was sharing with my audience. I’d assume you have SIBO or Candida or something going on in your gut with starches and grains. You can add organic, grass-fed beef, eggs and chicken/lamb to all my recipes in my book and on my website. I eat all of those now that I’ve healed my gut! oxx