Quinoa salad with turmeric and mountain pepper dressing 

 
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Turmeric is a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine with numerous health benefits. It is filled with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, antiseptic agents, anti-fungal agents and anti-bacterial agents. 

Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which contains all of these amazing health benefits. The problem is when turmeric is consumed, the compound is metabolised and passed through the urine before you can absorb the benefits. 

But there is a solution!… Black Pepper! (organic of corse). 

I use native Australian mountain pepper because sourcing from your backyard is always the best option.  

When you ingest turmeric with black pepper it enhances the bio-availability of curcumin. Black pepper contains a compound pipeline which slows our liver from metabolising the curcumin too quickly. 

So when you think turmeric remember she has a partner and you best make sure to combine the two! 

QUINOA SALAD WITH TURMERIC AND MOUNTAIN PEPPER DRESSING (serves 6)

Ingredients 

2 capsicums 

1 fennel with long tips if possible 

1 cup of cooked quinoa (soaked first and then cooked - refer to CACAO, BERRY AND QUINOA CAKE for how to)

6 generous hand fulls of fresh organic greens 

Half a purple cabbage 

1/4 cup of finely chopped coriander 

1/4 cup of finely chopped mint 

Dressing

1/2 cup of tahini 

2 tbsp tamari 

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 

1 tbsp of organic agave (fair trade) or maple syrup 

1 glove of garlic minced 

1 tsp of fresh ginger grated 

1 tsp of fresh turmeric grated (or 1/2 tsp of powder)

1/2 tsp of mountain pepper or regular organic pepper 

1/2 cup of filtered water 

Method 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. 

  2. Place whole capsicums on baking tray, roast for 20 minutes or until tender. 

  3. Finely chop cabbage and steam for 5 minutes or until soft. 

  4. Once the capsicums have cooled, pull off the skin and tear into long strips. 

  5. Finely chop fennel including the stems.

  6. Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl.

  7. For the dressing, blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Add more water if it is too thick.

    Turmeric it up Pepper!  

 
Natasha Burbury