Quinoa, lentil & feta salad

Quinoa, lentil & feta salad

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(30 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Quinoa, a protein-rich seed, makes a great substitute for rice or couscous

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal286
  • fat9g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein16g
  • salt1.48g
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  • 200g quinoa



    Tiny, bead-shaped, with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture, quinoa may not be a…

  • 1 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 shallot or ½ onion, finely chopped



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 2 tbsp tarragon, roughly chopped



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

  • 14oz 400g can Puy or green lentils rinsed and drained



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • ¼ cucumber, lightly peeled and diced
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 6 spring onions, thinly sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • zest and juice 1 orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 1 tbsp red or white wine vinegar


  1. Cook the quinoa in a large pan of boiling water for 10-15 mins until tender, drain well, then set aside to cool.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small pan, then cook the shallot or onion for a few mins until softened. Add the tarragon, stir well, then remove from the heat.

  3. Stir the softened shallot and tarragon into the cooled quinoa along with the lentils, cucumber, feta, spring onions, orange zest and juice and vinegar. Toss well together and chill until ready to serve.

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Comments (30)

candia_grasso's picture

That was my first time with quinoa. I couldn't find all the ingredients so I made it only with quinoa (boiled in vegetable stock), lentils, spring onions and feta, then I added some mustard&honey salad dressing. Lovely. The next day I put it in my lunchbox adding some avocado and cherry tomatoes. I'll do it properly one of this days :)

eleanormayo's picture

Very yummy. I could not get any fresh tarragon or spring onions so added some dried tarragon to the shallots and celery to the salad - a great lunchbox salad and will definitely do again.

fionablandford's picture

this was a great lunctime meal - i did not put tarragon in - did not have any but stillvery very tasty, I cooked the quinoa with stock as suggested adn this helped with taste - also the quinoa was still a bit 'wet' after cooking so i put it back on stove - stirring it - for a few minutes and this helped.
All in all a very good adn tasty recipe.

adinkag's picture

made twice - first time without cucumber, feta & orange zest. tasted lovely.
made again today properly - however, the orange zest was a huge mistake. too bitter and spoiled the whole taste.
will make again but w/o orange.

chacha18's picture

I've made this a lot of times for different people and they have all enjoyed it, and it's definately a favourite

lahlah's picture

I have made this recipe several times and passed the recipe on. It is fabulous, so nutty and tasty. I put in double the Feta though - just because we like it!

sylwie's picture

I made this to go with some barbecued meat and it was very nice! the quinoa and lentil go very well together and it is highly healthy so it is great!

annelisarkanen's picture

It was good. I didn't have any tarragon... I perhaps wouldn't make with the orange juice next time although maybe having the tarragon makes the difference. I also added garlic to the onions which worked well.

angmunchkin's picture

Very zingy; lentils go well with the quinoa; first time I have tried this wonder grain, and it's lovely. An unusual flavour combination -- liquorice of tarragon, saltiness of feta, and sweet acid of orange juice, but it works :) I recommend it.


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