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Avocado, Pumpkin and Haloumi Quinoa Salad

Avocado, Pumpkin and Haloumi Quinoa Salad

Avocado, Pumpkin and Haloumi Quinoa Salad

Serves: 4-5

Preparation: 20-25 minutes

Cooking: 20-25 minutes



500g peeled pumpkin, cut into 2-3cm chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon runny honey

Quinoa Salad Ingredients 

1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
Flesh of 2 firm ripe avocados, sliced
1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup seedless grapes, halved
6-8 medjool dates, stone removed, chopped
Handful of baby rocket or spinach leaves
3/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley 

Dressing ingredients

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
1 lemon juiced
1 tablespoon liquid honey
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oi

To serve

200-250g haloumi cheese, sliced half cm thick (optional)
2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced


Preheat oven to 200°C.

Line an oven tray with baking paper. Toss pumpkin with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and honey in prepared tray. Roast until slightly caramelised, 20-25 minutes

Meanwhile, cook the quinoa. Combine quinoa and stock/water (with a pinch of salt) in a medium-size pot and bring to the boil. As soon as it boils, cover with a tight-fitting lid and reduce to lowest heat to cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and leave to steam, still covered, for 10 minutes

Fluff up quinoa grains with a fork and toss with roast pumpkin and remaining quinoa salad ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Heat a drizzle of oil in a fry pan on medium heat and cook haloumi slices for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown, and melted on the inside. Mix all dressing ingredients together and toss with quinoa salad

To serve, divide quinoa salad between bowls and top with slices of cooked haloumi and grilled chicken breast if using


Recipe courtesy of Nadia Lim and New Zealand Avocados