Quinoa and Feta Summer Salad


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Quinoa and Feta Summer Salad, a wholesome, cheesy and crumbly salad with the goodness of protein rich quinoa, chick peas and feta cheese. The tanginess imparted by the sweet-tart apple cider and lemon juice in the dressing is the characteristic flavour of this dish. Garlic, pepper, coriander and olive oil lend a variety of intriguing flavours to the dressing.

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Quinoa and Feta Summer Salad recipe - How to make Quinoa and Feta Summer Salad

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 serving

Ingredients

For The Salad
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 can kabuli chana (white chick peas) , drained
1/2 cup roasted red capsicum , cut into strips
1/4 cup roasted yellow capsicum , cut into strips
3 tbsp thinly sliced onions
1/4 cup chopped coriander (dhania)
1 cup crumbled feta cheese

For The Dressing
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp apple cider
1/2 tsp minced garlic (lehsun)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground white pepper powder
1/4 cup chopped coriander (dhania)
1/3 cup olive oil
Method
    Method
  1. Place the quinoa and water in a pot and cook according to the instructions on the pack, about 15 minutes. Let cool in the fridge.
  2. Make the dressing while the quinoa is cooling.
  3. Place all of the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor except for the oil.
  4. Pulse on high speed until well mixed.
  5. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil with the machine on high and blend until the dressing starts to emulsify.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Once the quinoa is cool, transfer it to a large mixing bowl.
  8. Add the chick peas, peppers, onion, coriander and feta.
  9. Gently toss together then start to add the dressing.
  10. Once the dressing has been added, toss again and transfer to a serving bowl.
  11. Add some more coriander or feta to garnish.
  12. Serve at once or keep in the fridge until ready to use.

Handy tip:

    Handy tip:
  1. I used roasted peppers in a jar which can be found easily in the store.
  2. You can make this salad a day ahead and keep it in the fridge until you need to serve it. Any leftovers will last a further couple of days sealed in a container and kept in the fridge.


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This recipe was contributed by PRACHI AGARWAL on 18 Jun 2015


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