Roast pumpkin and quinoa salad recipe
This hearty and very healthy roast pumpkin and quinoa salad, is just perfect on it's own or equally good as a side dish when you're having a meat, poultry or fish main course. It's got bags of flavour AND scores top marks for nutrition!
Makes 4 side dishes
- 800g kent pumpkin, sliced into 1cm thin pieces
- oil spray
- 1/3 cup quinoa (white, black, red or mixed)
- 2/3 cup (160ml) vegetable stock
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
- 30g Danish feta, crumbled
For the dressing:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
Pre-heat oven to 200°c (180°C fan-forced) and line two large baking trays with baking paper.
Place pumpkin on trays, spray lightly with oil, season with salt and pepper and cook for 25-30 minutes.
While pumpkin is roasting, put quinoa, stock and garlic into a medium saucepan and heat on medium until bubbling. Turn the heat to low, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until quinoa is cooked.
Allow quinoa to stand for 2 minutes before fluffing up with a fork and set aside.
Place the olive oil, brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice in a glass jar. Pop the lid on and give it a good shake. Set aside.
Arrange pumpkin layered with quinoa on a large serving plate, or individual side plates, and drizzle with dressing from the jar.
Sprinkle with parsley and feta and serve immediately.
- Cooked quinoa should have the consistency of couscous - it should not be too wet.
- I’ve used black quinoa because it looks beautiful on the plate but feel free to use any quinoa that you have.
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- This recipe was created by Jay Rogers for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder. You can follow Jay at The Moodie Food