For the tahini dressing


  • STEP 1

    Tip the quinoa into a saucepan and pour over 600ml water. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil. Turn down and simmer until the water has evaporated (just as you’d cook rice) – about 20 mins. Take off the lid and leave to cool while you prepare the turkey and salad.

  • STEP 2

    Tip the cucumber, tomatoes, spring onions and herbs into a large mixing bowl. Pour over 1 tbsp olive oil and lemon juice, season well and mix everything together.

  • STEP 3

    Heat a griddle pan and, when smoking hot, rub the turkey steaks with 1 tsp olive oil. Cook for about 5 mins on each side, depending on thickness. Stir together all the dressing ingredients along with 3 tbsp water. Toss the quinoa together with the salad and arrange on plates. Cut the turkey into thick slices, pile up on the quinoa and drizzle over the dressing.


Tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds, is often used in Middle Eastern cooking. You'll find it in specialist shops and larger supermarkets.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2009

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