It feels like it’s been raining forever! Officially British summer and the grey Manchester skies and damp drizzle don’t seem to stop. My sister has banned me from mentioning the weather … she lives in Brisbane Australia where it’s currently 22oC and winter!! Perhaps I am a little weather obsessed but it seems to affect so much of my life. I love being outdoors – running, biking, wakeboarding … it’s just not the same when it’s chucking it down.
I usually find my appetite decreases in summer and I always go for juices and salads over warm, heavy dishes, but this chilly, wet weather definitely calls for warm, comfort food. I’m compromising with a delicious warm rainbow chard salad. Not only is it super filling, its beautifully bright to make up for these dull, grey days.
8-10 stems of rainbow chard
Handful of watercress
2 cloves of crushed garlic
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and pepper to season
Olive or coconut oil
Boil a pan of water, add the quinoa and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the quinoa in the pan for a further 10 minutes. Drain the water and season the quinoa with a little salt and pepper
Warm the oil in a large heavy bottom pan. Gently lay the chard in the pan and add the crushed garlic, lemon juice, quinoa and a little salt and pepper
The chard won’t take long to sauté. Turn it as it cooks and once it begins to wilt remove it from the pan and let it cool
Lay some watercress on a plate and wrap the chard on top in circles
Spoon over the quinoa, add a squeeze of lemon juice, half a fresh fig and season with black pepper