RECIPE

Avocado, Pumpkin and Haloumi Quinoa Salad

Serves: 4-5
Prep: 20-25 minutes
Cooks In: 20-25 minutes

Avocado, Pumpkin and Haloumi Quinoa Salad

This tasty wee quinoa salad is perfect for a casual dinner, or as a dish to take to a potluck BBQ!

Here’s my avocado, pumpkin and haloumi quinoa salad that will delight your taste buds! It’s a delicious vegetarian dish that everyone will love.

Ingredients

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Roast pumpkin

  • olive oil 1 tablespoon
  • balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons
  • runny honey 1 tablespoon
  • pumpkin 500g peeled, cut into 2cm chunks

Quinoa salad

  • quinoa 1 cup
  • chicken or vegetable stock 1 ½ cups
  • firm ripe avocado flesh of 2, sliced
  • cherry tomatoes 1 punnet, halved
  • seedless grapes 1 cup, halved
  • medjool dates 6-8, stone removed, chopped
  • baby spinach or rocket (arugula) 1 handful
  • flat-leaf parsley ¾ cup chopped

To serve

  • haloumi cheese 200g, sliced 0.5cm thick

Dressing

  • red wine vinegar 3 tablespoons
  • wholegrain mustard 1 tablespoon
  • lemon juice of 1
  • liquid honey 1 tablespoon
  • extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C. Line an oven tray with baking paper.

  1. Toss pumpkin with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and honey in prepared tray. Roast until slightly caramelised, 20-25 minutes.
  1. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa. Combine quinoa and stock/water (with a pinch of salt) in a medium-size pot and bring to the boil. As soon as it boils, cover with a tight-fitting lid and reduce to lowest heat to cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and leave to steam, still covered, for 10 minutes.
  1. Fluff up quinoa grains with a fork and toss with roast pumpkin and remaining quinoa salad ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  1. Heat a drizzle of oil in a fry pan on medium heat and cook haloumi slices for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown, and melted on the inside. Mix all dressing ingredients together and toss with quinoa salad.

 

  • To serve, divide quinoa salad between bowls and top with slices of cooked haloumi and grilled chicken breast if using.
Nutritional Information Per Serving
Kilojoules
2106
Calories
497
Carbs
35.9 g
Sugar
26.8 g
Total Fat
33.6 g
Protein
14.1 g

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