For a fast and fresh lunch idea, try these healthy quinoa fritters with a stylish salmon and pea salad.
- 130g (2/3 cup) white quinoa (see note)
- 1 zucchini, grated
- 35g (1/4 cup) plain flour
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 lemon, zested, juiced
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint leaves
- 1 egg
- 60ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil
- 120g (1 cup) frozen peas
- 250g cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 100g baby rocket leaves
- 250g hot-smoked salmon fillets, skin removed, flesh flaked
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Place a saucepan over high heat. Add quinoa and toast, shaking pan, for 2 minutes or until quinoa smells nutty. Add 330ml (1 1/3 cups) water and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Remove from heat and stand, covered, for a further 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, place zucchini in a sieve and press out as much liquid as possible. Combine zucchini, quinoa, flour, garlic, lemon zest, mint and egg in a bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Heat vegetable oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Drop 6 heaped tablespoons of fritter mixture into oil and cook for 2 minutes. Turn fritters, flatten slightly and cook for a further 2 minutes or until golden and edges are crisp. Drain on paper towel. Repeat with remaining fritter mixture.
Cook peas in a small saucepan of boiling salted water for 2 minutes or until just tender. Drain and cool slightly. Place in a large bowl with cherry tomatoes, rocket and salmon. Combine lemon juice and olive oil in a separate bowl. Season and whisk to combine. Pour dressing over salad and gently toss to combine.
Divide salmon and pea salad among plates and top with fritters.