Healthy Beginnings

Quinoa Salad with Lime Mousse


Summer means: salads! Most people still think salads are rather boring, but they are so much more than just green lettuce. By making a combination of all kinds of greens, herbs and wild edibles, you can create beautiful palettes of flavor, making a very interesting base for what you can add next: sprouts, fermented foods, raw dressings or vinegars, nuts and seeds, all the colors of the rainbow or all the tones of a few subtle colors. To feel more satisfied, yet (de)light(ed), add sprouted quinoa and this fluffy lime mousse of avocado…


Start with sprouting your quinoa

  • Soak 2 C of raw organic quinoa overnight
  • Rinse well in the morning
  • Place them in a plastic sieve (metal oxidizes the sprouts)
  • Cover them up with a clean kitchen towel
  • Rinse them 2 to 3 times a day with water
  • Ready when they get a little “tail” in about 2 days!
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge

For a surprising salad, mix by hand…

  • Arugula, as much as you want
  • 10 freshly picked and sliced dandelion leaves
  • Some wild garlic, sliced or torn into pieces
  • A small hand of pumpkin seeds
  • A TBSP of cold pressed virgin olive oil
  • Freshly picked edible flowers of the season and area
  • A squeeze of fresh lime on top

For the lime mousse, blend…

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • A hand full of fresh cilantro (only the leafs)
  • 1 TBSP date paste (blend some dates with a bit of water)
  • 3 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • The juice of one lime
  • 1 clove of garlic, pressed
  • Spring water for your preferred consistency (start with a 1/4 C)
  • Sea salt to taste

Dress your plate…

  • Place your greens on a nice, large plate
  • With an ice cream scoop, scoop up a nice boll of quinoa
  • Squeeze the mousse on top of the quinoa with a pastry bag
  • Finish with a touch of lime zest (only organic!)


  • You can season the quinoa as you wish, from soft to hot and spicy
  • Or make a sweet quinoa with dates, raisins, apricots and mint
  • Sprout a larger amount and you are set for the week
  • Mix some lime mousse in your greens for more in depth effect
  • As a summer touch, add mint to your salad and quinoa
  • A perfect dish that fits in every lunch box!

Marie-Claire Hermans is an Energy for Experts Coach, Author, Raw Foods Chef and Creator of “Ravishing Raw FooDprint Success System™. Visit her online at