BAKED FETA AND STRAWBERRY SALAD
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This summery strawberry salad is bursting with goodness. A twist on classic strawberry spinach salad, it features baked feta, quinoa and toasted pistachios.

Baked feta and strawberry salad with quinoa, pistachios, avocado and garlic pitas.

I don’t always find it easy to create a vegetarian salad that’s both delicious and filling, but this one fits the bill! Baked feta, strawberries, avocado and pistachios add the yum-factor, while quinoa helps to fill you up. Finish it off with a balsamic dressing and add some wedges of garlic pita on the side for extra indulgence.

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Baked feta and strawberry salad with quinoa, pistachios, avocado and garlic pitas.

BAKED FETA AND STRAWBERRY SALAD

Keyword: MAIN MEALS, VEGETARIAN
Difficulty: Easy
Ready In: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

This summery strawberry salad is bursting with goodness. A twist on classic strawberry spinach salad, it features baked feta, quinoa and toasted pistachios.

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Ingredients

QUINOA & FETA

  • 1 3/4 cups water (440ml)
  • 2 tsp vegetable stock powder
  • 1 cup quinoa (200g)
  • 200 g feta cheese (7oz)
  • 2 Tbsp shelled pistachios
  • 1 Tbsp butter

SALAD

  • 250 g fresh strawberries (8.8oz)
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/2 small telegraph cucumber
  • 2 spring onions
  • 80 g baby spinach (2.8oz)

DRESSING

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

TO SERVE

  • 4 garlic flavoured pita breads (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190ºC (375ºF) fan bake and line an oven tray with baking paper.

  2. COOK QUINOA AND FETA

    In a medium-sized saucepan, bring water to a boil. Once boiling, add stock powder and stir to dissolve. Stir in quinoa, reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Cook for 18 minutes, until water is absorbed. Once cooked, remove from heat, leave lid on and rest for 5 minutes

  3. Meanwhile, slice feta into strips and place on prepared tray. Place pistachios on tray too. Bake for 3-4 minutes, until pistachios are toasted. Remove pistachios into a bowl to cool, then return feta to oven and bake for a further 15 minutes, until golden.

  4. MAKE SALAD AND DRESSING

    Remove tops from strawberries and cut strawberries in half. Slice avocado. Cut cucumber into half rounds and finely slice spring onions.

  5. Make dressing by placing oil, vinegar, sugar and mustard in a jar and shaking well to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  6. ASSEMBLE AND SERVE

    Toast pita breads, if using. Divide spinach between individual serving plates or bowls. Add butter to quinoa, allow to melt, then fluff quinoa with a fork. Place on top of spinach. Add strawberries, avocado, cucumber and feta. Drizzle all over with dressing, then sprinkle with spring onions and pistachios. Spread pitas with butter, if you like, cut into wedges and serve with salad.

Recipe Notes

WINE MATCH: A Rosé (the perfect summer salad match!) or Sauvignon Blanc.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Use gluten-free stock powder. Try gluten-free pita breads (if using).
INGREDIENT SWAPS / NOTES: For a quick and easy alternative to quinoa, try replacing with 2 x 250g / 2 x 8.8oz microwave pouches brown rice and quinoa. Pearl couscous would also be a nice option - use 200g / 7oz and the same amount of water and stock. Follow the cooking instructions in this recipe: https://www.yourultimatemenu.com/lamb-tagine/. Pita breads help to make this a hearty, filling salad - feel free to leave them out if you prefer.
MAKE IT MEATY: Shredded, cooked chicken would make a nice addition to this meal.
STORING AND REHEATING: Refrigerate quinoa and feta together. Store salad together, but separate from dressing. Pistachios can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature. Quinoa can be reheated in the microwave. Feta is delicious quickly reheated in a frying pan. Alternatively, pre- assemble the salad and eat cold. Toast pitas (if using) and add dressing just before serving.

 

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