Herby quinoa, feta & pomegranate salad

Herby quinoa, feta & pomegranate salad

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(47 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4 or 6-8 as a side

A Middle Eastern-style meze bowl with healthy grains, parsley, mint and coriander

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving (8)

  • kcal279
  • fat11.9g
  • saturates2.4g
  • carbs33.2g
  • sugars15.6g
  • fibre1.2g
  • protein9.5g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 300g quinoa



    Tiny, bead-shaped seeds (although more similarly treated like grains) with a little tail…

  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 85g raisins or sultana
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 200g pomegranate seeds from tub or fruit



    Now mainly grown in America, Spain, the Middle East and India, pomegranates originated in the…

  • 85g toasted pine nuts or toasted flaked almonds
  • small pack each coriander, flat leaf parsley and mint, roughly chopped
  • juice 3 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 tsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…


  1. Cook the quinoa following pack instructions – it should be tender but with a little bite. Drain well and spread over a platter or wide, shallow bowl to cool quickly and steam dry.

  2. When the quinoa is just about cool stir through all of the remaining ingredients with plenty of seasoning.

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16th Oct, 2019
Great salad. Quite sophisticated taste. One of the best I've had from BBCGF. All the flavours give quite a zing.
24th Jun, 2019
This was DELICIOUS. And looked very pretty! I didn't have any quinoa in the cupboard so used cous cous - worked just as well. Didn't add coriander as i dislike it. Toasted the pine nuts in a frying pan for 5 mins, just added that nice lightly toasted colour. Had the rest for lunch the next day and it was still just as tasty. Hugely recommend this. Very simple to make.
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1st Sep, 2017
This was great and straightforward - I made it for a barbecue and it was very popular. Also works well for lunch the next day. Word of warning: be careful using frozen pomegranate seeds (as I did, for the first time) - even rinsed and drained they turned the quinoa a bit pink :)
26th May, 2017
This is a delicious summer salad, I did it without the coriander due to bad shopping but it was still spot on. BBQ for 5 adults this salad was way more than enough so would recommend halving the recipe although looking forward to the leftovers for tomorrow's lunch! Very zesty I put half a teaspoon more sugar and used Demerara sugar which counterbalanced the lemon fabulously.
Gabriela Gallis
14th Apr, 2017
I made this today and loved it. I will definitely make this recipe again. Perfect for a summer's day. I made salmon to go with it and it was a hit.
2nd Apr, 2016
Made just as the recipie bar the pomegranate and used a white, black & red quinoa mix cooked according to the packet. Perfect. Enjoyed by whole family. No leftovers though :(
4th Feb, 2016
That was my first try with quinoa. Very easy to make and tasty.
11th Jul, 2015
This is a really great summery salad recipe. I love eating salads in the summer. Also try these out: http://www.healthylifestyle.recipes/2015/07/healthy-summer-salads-potato-salad-tomato-vegetable-dip.html
30th Jun, 2015
I found this dish a bit to tangy even though I added way less lemon juice. Other than that it's ok but nothing special won't be making this again
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29th Jul, 2014
Easy simple delish recipe. I used black quinoa and reduced everything to two servings taken into consideration on others comment on the lemon juice. Repeat: delish!


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25th Mar, 2014
To keep your quinoa al-dente, I'd recommend simmering gently for 10 mins, then leave to stand with the lid on for 5-6 minutes instead. Good easy-cook quinoa method here www.lovequinoarecipes.com. Will definitely make again.
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