When most people think of salad, they think of boring old lettuce and maybe a slice of chicken on top. It’s no wonder that so many of us turn our noses up when offered salad for dinner. However, this salad is not boring at all and is actually very filling and tasty. It uses a special kind of gluten-free grain called quinoa, which is pronounced keen-waa. Quinoa is not really a grain but a seed. However, it cooks like a grain and tastes like a grain which is what makes this meal so delicious.
Ingredients – serves 3:
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, sliced
1 large roasted pepper
8 ounces dry quinoa
1 large cup vegetable stock
1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
The zest and juice of one lemon
1 large pinch sugar
10 ounces halloumi cheese, cut into 6 sliced
Heat one tablespoon of the oil in a medium saucepan. Cook the onion and pepper for a few minutes, then add the quinoa and cook for a further three minutes. Add the stock, cover and turn the heat down to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until soft, then stir through half the parsley. Heat the grill.
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.
Nutrition information per serving:
Protein 28 grams
Fat 37 grams
Carbohydrates 40 grams
Fiber 1 gram
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