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Quinoa Summer Salad with Roasted Veggies and Halloumi | Bake to the roots

Quinoa Summer Salad with Roasted Veggies & Halloumi

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  • Author: Bake to the roots
  • Prep Time: 00:20
  • Cook Time: 00:45
  • Total Time: 01_20
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: International


Delicious salad for a hot summer day: quinoa with roasted veggies and grilled halloumi. So good!


For the roasted veggies:
1 small butternut squash
1 medium zucchini
3 red onions
2 beetroots
2 tbsp. olive oil
salt, pepper, chili flakes
For the quinoa:
27 fl. oz. (800ml) vegetable stock
7 oz. (200g) quinoa
For the dressing:
1 whole garlic bulb
3 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. honey
2-3 tbsp. water
salt, pepper
To finish:
17.6 oz. (500g) halloumi
some oil for frying
some fresh parsley, chopped


1. Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and set aside.
2. Peel the butternut squash, remove the seeds and cut into bite-size pieces. Wash and dry the zucchini and cut into (not too small) dices. Peel the onions and cut into wedges. Peel the beetroot (best with gloves) and cut into (not too small) dices. Add all cut veggies to a bowl, add the oil and season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes – mix well, then spread on the prepared baking sheet. Cut off the top of the garlic bulb for the dressing, place on a piece of aluminum foil, drizzle with 1/2 tbsp. olive oil and wrap with the foil. Place on top of the veggies and roast for about 45 minutes.
3. While the veggies are cooking cook the quinoa. Rinse the quinoa, add together with the veggie stock to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes until the quinoa is soft. Remove from the heat and drain. When the veggies are ready add them to the bowl and mix to combine.
4. Remove the garlic bulb from the aluminum foil and squeeze the garlic cloves into a small bowl – mash with a fork. Add 3 tbsp. olive oil, the lemon juice, and honey and mix to combine. Gradually mix in the water to thin out the dressing a bit. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
5. Heat up a griddle pan*  with some oil. Cut the halloumi into slices and fry them in the pan from both sides to get nice grill lines.
6. Add the quinoa and veggies to a serving plate, top with the halloumi, drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle with some chopped parsley. Serve slightly warm or cold.


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