Halloumi, Kale and Quinoa Salad

This is the yummiest salad, mainly because it doesn’t taste like you’re eating a salad at all!  It’s super healthy and packed full of nutritious, tasty ingredients.  With only a few different elements, it’s really quick to throw together and makes the perfect light super, or delicious lunch.  This is a Donna Hay recipe from her ‘Fresh & Light’ book- there are some other great recipes in there too, like the salmon parcels I made a few weeks ago.

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All you need to make enough for 4 people is:

– 150g kale

– 600g quinoa (I used this red & white quinoa and bulgur wheat mix)

– 1000 ml vegetable stock

– 65g parsley

– 500g thinly sliced halloumi

For the dressing:

– 2 tbsp lemon juice

– 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika

– 1 tbsp olive oil

Start by mixing together the ingredients for the dressing.  It’s important that you make sure you use a smoked paprika, because this really adds to the flavour.  I used La Chinata which you can buy in most supermarkets.

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Pop your quinoa in a pan with the stock, and bring to the boil.  Simmer for about 15 minutes until all of the stock has been absorbed.  Next lay the kale in a dish and cover with boiling water.  Leave to stand for five minutes and then drain, patting dry with kitchen towel to get rid of any excess water.

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All that’s left to do is grill the halloumi.  It should only take a minute or two each side, until it goes a lovely golden brown colour.  Mix together the kale, quinoa and parsley,  lay over the halloumi and drizzle over the paprika dressing.

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The smoky paprika really brings the whole dish together, and makes it so full of flavour.

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This really doesn’t need anything else to go with it- it’s delicious enough by itself!  Pile up your plate and tuck in to a guilt-free hearty meal.

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