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Warm quinoa salad with grilled halloumi and parsley dressing

Warm quinoa salad with grilled halloumi and parsley dressing

Anyone who’s ever tried halloumi cheese will understand why I’m so excited about this recipe. As you all know, I’m a bit of a cheese fanatic, and halloumi is one of my absolute favourites. It’s irresistibly moist and chewy, and its mild but salty flavour goes with just about anything. This time I paired it with a simple quinoa salad with leeks, broccoli and red pepper.

This is only the second time I’ve cooked with quinoa (the first was for my slow cooker lentil and quinoa tacos), but everyone seems to be obsessed with it these days, and I’m starting to see why. As with most things of its genre, it doesn’t have a huge amount of flavour on its own, which means you can dress it up however you like. It reminds me of couscous, but it’s higher in protein, which is always a good thing – and it’s gluten free! Plus it’s fun to watch that little spiral-shaped germ gradually separate (I think I need to get out more).

Warm quinoa salad with grilled halloumi and parsley dressing

Aside from the halloumi, this quinoa salad cooks up in one pot, so it’s perfect if you’re not a fan of washing up (…so, everyone, right?). It’s pretty versatile too – if you’re making this as a whole meal, it’ll probably do 2 people, but you could also serve it as a side dish alongside something else (in which case it’ll go a bit further). You can skip the halloumi if you want to (I don’t know why you would, but you could), but I’d keep the parsley dressing since it adds so much flavour to the quinoa. It’s a really simple dressing – just fresh parsley, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper – but it really brings the dish to life.

I love recipes like this, where everything’s all mixed in together and you can just mix and match what you want on your fork each time. I find it strangely comforting when everything can piled up all together in a bowl rather than laid out separately on a plate. I know, that’s weird. Let’s get on to the recipe.

What’s your favourite quinoa recipe? I could use some ideas!

Warm quinoa salad with grilled halloumi and parsley dressing

Warm quinoa salad with grilled halloumi and parsley dressing
Recipe Type: Main meals
Author: Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped into chunks or strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 70g leek, sliced (around half a medium leek)
  • 70g quinoa
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • 80g broccoli, separated into small florets
  • 10g parsley
  • 2tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 150g halloumi, sliced
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or wok, and cook the red pepper, garlic and leek over a medium heat for several minutes until soft. Add the quinoa, and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring constantly, before adding the vegetable stock. Bring to a gentle boil. Wait for a few minute and then add the broccoli. Cook for around 15 minutes more, stirring regularly, until the quinoa is transparent and soft and there isn’t any excess water remaining (when the water begins to dry up, make sure you stir regularly to prevent the quinoa from sticking and burning).
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the parsley dressing. Place the parsley, lemon juice and olive oil in a food processor, and blitz well until the lemon and oil have emulsified and the parsley is well chopped.
  3. When the quinoa is nearly ready, cook the halloumi. Place the slices in a dry non-stick frying pan, and cook over a medium heat for several minutes without touching it. It will release some liquid, and once the liquid has cooked off, it will begin to brown. When the underside is golden brown, turn each slice over to cook the other side (this side won’t take as long, so keep an eye one it!).
  4. Serve the quinoa salad with the grilled halloumi and drizzle with the parsley dressing.

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Nicole

Wednesday 1st of February 2017

This looks great! I know I'm late to the party, but my favorite way to use quinoa is in a tex-mex salad, with black beans, corn, chopped red onion and/or scallions, tomato, red and/or green pepper, cilantro, avocado, and a lime vinaigrette. I've taken this to potlucks many times and have noticed that people sometimes eat it as a salsa, with chips, but it's also really good on its own or as a side. Without the avo and tomato, it keeps well for a few days, too.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 6th of February 2017

That sounds delish, just my kind of thing :)

Courtney {Alkeks Abroad}

Wednesday 15th of April 2015

This was soooo yummy! Quinoa, broccoli and halloumi are three of my favorite things. I am linking this recipe on my Friday Favorites this week. :)

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Wednesday 15th of April 2015

Yay! Glad you liked it Courtney! :) thanks for letting me know!

Sara

Monday 9th of February 2015

Quinoa portion of this recipe is not pleasant at all. The cooking times are way off - quinoa does take about 15 minutes to cook but broccoli is inedible mush at that point. I added it at the ten minute mark and it's still been cooked to mush.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Tuesday 10th of February 2015

Hi Sara, sorry you found that! If you like your broccoli more al dente just add it a bit later.

hannah

Thursday 14th of November 2013

Yum. Made this for dinner and both myself and my 5 year old enjoyed it. I grilled the haloumi on my foreman grill, halved the initial amount of oil and omitted a tablespoon of oil from the dressing, still lovely and comforting.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Thursday 14th of November 2013

Thanks for your comment Hannah, really glad you both liked it! :)

Virtually Vegan Mama

Thursday 31st of October 2013

this looks absolutely delicious!!!! your photos are beautiful too!

Jen

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