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quinoa salad with roast carrots, feta cheese and herbs in a blue and white bowl.

Super easy healthy quinoa salad with roast carrots, feta cheese and fresh herbs. A delicious healthy side dish that goes well with any summer dinner

Quinoa salad ingredients

  • 1 cup of dried quinoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 large carrots – scrubbed and sliced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • drizzle of honey
  • 200g feta cheese – cut into cubes
  • 2 handfuls of fresh herbs – I used flat leaf parsley, coriander and basil
  • Salad dressing of your choice – I used simple Italian style
  • lemon  wedges to serve

How to make quinoa salad

  • Cook the quinoa as per the packet instructions – place on one side to cool once cooked
  • Heat the oven to 200C
  • Toss the carrot slices in the olive oil and honey – season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Roast on a baking tray in the oven for around 20 minutes – or until cooked
  • Once cooked – assemble the salad – gently stir together the quinoa, carrots, feta and herbs pour over the quantity of dressing you like and fluff up the quinoa salad just using a fork.
  • Serve with lemon wedges

What is quinoa?

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is actually a seed!

A protein packed little seed that’s super easy to cook and makes a great healthy alternative to pasta or rice.

Quinoa has a slight nutty taste and it’s easy to flavour up and use in recipes. 

How do you cook quinoa?

Well it’s actually really simple! 

  • First rinse it well under cold running water.
  • Add it to a pan with double the quantity of water – I add a pinch of sea salt flakes too
  • Bring to the boil then simmer with the lid on for around 15-20 minutes – (check the packet as some types do take longer) 
  • The quinoa is done once the liquid is absorbed – and the little seeds tender. 
  • Drain using a sieve – it’s too fine for a colander.

How to make quinoa taste good

Okay I won’t lie – plain boiled quinoa is bland and pretty tasteless – you really need to flavour it up to make it good to eat. 

So add lots of fresh herbs, maybe spices, mix in a good dressing and stir through tasty salad extras. 

Of course… you could always cheat and cut out the faff of cooking it – just pick up a couple of sachets of the microwave quinoa – it cooks in minutes and they’re all pre-flavoured. 

Flavour up your quinoa salad your way

  • Try adding roast peppers, courgettes or aubergines.
  • Switch the feta cheese for grilled halloumi
  • Add some spice with pinch of red chilli flakes or freshly chopped chillies
  • Add some chorizo, bacon or prawns
  • Skip the Italian dressing and pick a different one to suit

You might also like our easy quinoa stuffed pepper recipe here 

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Yield: Serves 4 as a side dish

Quinoa Salad

quinoa salad with roast carrots, feta cheese and herbs in a blue and white bowl.

Healthy, tasty quinoa salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dried quinoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 large carrots - scrubbed and sliced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • drizzle of honey
  • 200g feta cheese - cut into cubes
  • 2 handfuls of fresh herbs - I used flat leaf parsley, coriander and basil
  • Salad dressing of your choice - I used simple Italian style
  • lemon  wedges to serve

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa as per the packet instructions - place on one side to cool once cooked
  2. Heat the oven to 200C
  3. Toss the carrot slices in the olive oil and honey - season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Roast on a baking tray in the oven for around 20 minutes or until cooked
  5. Once cooked - assemble the salad - gently stir together the quinoa, carrots, feta and herbs pour over the quantity of dressing you like and fluff up the quinoa salad just using a fork.
  6. Serve with lemon wedges

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 592mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 11g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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