Warm quinoa salad with grilled halloumi

Warm quinoa salad with grilled halloumi

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 3

This iron-rich, veggie dish is a great source of iron and uses gluten-free quinoa for an extra dose of protein

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
603
protein
28g
carbs
40g
fat
37g
saturates
16g
fibre
1g
sugar
7g
salt
3.1g

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 large roasted pepper from a jar, thickly sliced, or a handful of ready-roasted sliced peppers
  • 200g quinoa
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • small bunch flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • large pinch sugar
  • 250g pack halloumi cheese, cut into 6 sliced

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Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a medium saucepan. Cook the onion and pepper for a few mins, then add the quinoa and cook for a further 3 mins. Add the stock, cover and turn the heat down to a simmer. Cook for 15 mins or until soft, then stir through half the parsley. Heat the grill.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the lemon zest and juice with the remaining parsley and oil, and a large pinch of sugar and salt. Grill the halloumi until both sides are golden and crisp. Serve the salad with the grilled halloumi and the dressing poured over everything.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2012

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saffy_uk's picture
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This recipe was a pretty good basis (hence the 4 stars).

I changed it a bit by roasting some courgette, red pepper, red onion and tomatoes and mixing with the quinoa. I also mixed in some rocket once it had all cooled down a bit. For the dressing I used dried parsley as I didn't have fresh (which turned out ok) and grated in a small glove of garlic. Finally, for the halloumi, I spread a small amount of harissa on each side and added some pepper. I then fried it (no oil) so I could keep an eye on it. It turned out really nice!!

kkatem's picture
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I fried some onion , garlic and pepper then added the quinoa and stock, I threw some brococcli too. I left out the sugar and found the lemon juice and olive oil dressing perfect, although I do love lemon! I left out the parsely too and threw in some toasted cashnew nuts. Lovely flavours, will make again and again

SallyLukemire's picture

Delicious recipe! Try sheeps milk halloumi for the most tasty if you can find it (Tesco's Finest). The quinoa is best simmered for 10 minutes, then left to stand for 10 minutes to keep its texture. Good easy-cook quinoa method here www.lovequinoarecipes.com. Will definitely make again.

mazteacher's picture

Easy and tasty meal.

Dottykez's picture

Very nice, to be super quick I used goats cheese instead. as suggested in a previous comment. Another great work day meal.

susieq54's picture

First time I've used quinoa and I was pleasantly surprised, a good alternative to rice and tastier, however next time I will add more vegetables, mushrooms, peas/spinach. The lemon did compliment the salty cheese. will be making it again and again.

msaviour's picture

Simple and tasty. The quinoa was so yummy, and the halloumi was a great touch to it. Will definitely be making this again. Thank you!

msaviour's picture

Loved this recipe!, the quinoa was easy to make and so delicious, will definitely be making this again! Thank you :)

slcollinson's picture

For a cheats version you can get merchant gourmet ready to eat red and white quinoa from supermarket.

slcollinson's picture

And some sugar snaps to the salad

stixxuk's picture
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Very nice, it's rare that a vegetarian recipe is as satisfying as a meat dish but this one does it. Simple and delicious. I think the suggestions of adding other grilled veg are good, and I'd definitely serve with a bit of crunchy side salad. Consider me converted to quinoa!

misschlo's picture
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Love this recipe! As a vegetarian who's looking to up my protein, it's a great dish. I'd also forgotten how good halloumi is....very tasty and I make it at least once a week now.

mryare's picture
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Great meal, lots of protein and flavour, as a vegetarian and a marathon runner it has everything I'm looking for, would full on recommend. Also coeliac so my dear mum could have it too, ticks many boxes.

ayaaeb's picture
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I found this sooo delicious. Used fresh sweet pointed peppers. I find halloumi too salty so next time I would properly eat chicken with it or some other form of cheese like goat's cheese, tofy would be great aswell!

rinbag's picture
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I made this the other day, but I didn't really like it. I'd never had quinoa before and though it was easy enough to cook, I found it quite bland. I will try it again with a different recipe, but nothing involving lemon!

reneeflet's picture

Easy to prepare, tasty satisfying dish.My veggie friends loved it.
I used grilled red peppers instead of tinned and I cooked the Quinoa
per the instructions on the packet in boiling water with some veggie stock for 15 mins then added to the onions & mushrooms.
I fried the Halloumi in a little oil and added fresh lemon juice. I'll Certainly make this dish again with or without veggie friends.

crushbrooke's picture

Gorgeous dish, after the reading the comments I just put a bit of the dressing on and it was quite over powering so glad i did but still nice. Will try adding some balsamic next time. I added some garlic and next time will add some extra roast veg as it was a bit sparce. Overall a great tasty nourishing dish

haworthl's picture
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Oooooops meant to put 5 stars on that!

haworthl's picture
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This was an absolutely gorgeous recipe and I have been eating it for days on end. I did as others said and halved the lemon, replacing the excess for balsamic vinegar. My friends were having a barbecue and I wanted to stick to my iron-rich diet so I combined this with rocket and sweet chilli sauce in a pitta bread, I also added sesame seeds into the mix whilst cooking - UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

pampark's picture
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I enjoyed this and felt it was a healthy lunch option. I added cherry tomatoes, watercress and avocado at the end, and these went really well with the cooked ingredients.

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