Spiced quinoa with almonds & feta

Spiced quinoa with almonds & feta

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Use quinoa instead of couscous to make a delicious gluten-free salad

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal404
  • fat19g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre1g
  • protein17g
  • salt0.68g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 300g quinoa, rinsed



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

  • 50g toasted flaked almonds
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • handful parsley, roughly chopped



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  • juice ½ lemon



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  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the spices, then fry for a min or so until fragrant. Add the quinoa, then fry for a further min until you can hear gentle popping sounds. Stir in 600ml boiling water, then gently simmer for 10-15 mins until the water has evaporated and the quinoa grains have a white ‘halo’ around them. Allow to cool slightly, then stir through the other ingredients. Serve warm or cold.

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31st Jan, 2017
Have I missed something? I followed the recipe With no substitutions or additions and I found it bland and Flavourless. It seems many of the people rating this recipe Highly have added a whole host of Additional ingredients Which will no doubt add flavour
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28th Nov, 2013
Such a richness of flavours! Amazing! I used toasted whole almonds and blue cheese instead of feta (as someone here suggested) and it worked out wonderfully.
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29th Mar, 2013
Looks delish!
28th Jan, 2013
Chucked in some chopped up garlic, red chilli, black olives, cherry tomatoes and red pepper. Adding some paprika really made a difference too. Keeps for days, so useful when batch-cooking lunches for the week.
5th Jan, 2013
Lovely recipe, I added celery, spring onion, avocado, beetroot and green cabbage to make a delicious dinner. Also used blue cheese instead of feta. Lovely - take a look for yourself at my instagram pic http://instagram.com/p/UHX-wouAhh/
19th May, 2012
This sounds lovely, my husband and I are starting to try more vegetarian food so this sounds like a nice lunch dish.
15th Jun, 2011
Lovely healthy meal, especially with the creamy feta. We just added pomegranate or watermelon goes nice too.
27th Jun, 2010
going to try this with halloumi cheese cooked on the griddle first and then added instead of the feta
4th Oct, 2009
Had this for lunch today I cooked the quinoa then let it cool completely before adding the rest of the ingredients, I also added celery and very finely diced onion - lovely and filling. next time I would probably add the onions when frying the spices as they were a bit harsh and overpowered things but nice all the same.
11th Jun, 2009
Nice side dish


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12th Jun, 2017
Quinoa needs salt otherwise it tastes bland. Add whilst cooking. Once cooked and drained (if necessary) allow to steam finish off the heat with the lid on for 5 minutes. Fluff up with a fork. Fold through rocket, sliced nectarine and some chilli flakes in addition to the other ingredients for a twist on this recipe.