Quinoa salad with mackerel, halloumi, avocado and walnuts
Happy New Year everyone! Like most others, my goal for 2014 (or at least January) is to eat more healthy food. But I will never, ever compromise on taste and these January recipes will hopefully help all of you eat a bit better while still enjoying all the glorious sensations that come with good food.
This quinoa salad is a great example. Quinoa is gluten-free, very healthy and is lower in carbs than rice. It also happens to taste phenomenal, which is the reason why I eat it! Make sure to always boil it in stock, else it will lack flavour. It can go with pretty much anything – I’ve made it with sweet potato and aubergine before, last night I mixed it up with some chicken and green beans, but today I wanted to make a nice refreshing lunch for myself and my flatmate as our first meal together in 2014. It was so good!
Prep time: 20 minutes
Serves 3 people
- 150g quinoa
- 1/2 vegetable stock cube
- 1 carrot, peeled and diced
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 100g halloumi, diced
- 2 boneless smoked mackerel fillets, shredded
- 5 tbsp walnut pieces
- Lemon juice and pepper, to taste
Boil the quinoa according to packet instructions with the stock (usually 2:1 and takes around 15 minutes). Dry fry the halloumi (so without oil) over high heat, stirring rapidly – halloumi has a tendency to look very uncooked and suddenly turn golden within 2 seconds, so keep an eye on it! As soon as it turns golden, take it off the heat and add to the big bowl below.
In a large bowl, mix the carrot, avocado, mackerel and walnut. Once the halloumi and quinoa are done, add them and mix it all up so you have a sea of colour. Stir in some lemon juice and black pepper and serve! You can eat it on its own or with some bread – your choice.
Happy New Year!
This looks fantastic! I have been looking for more healthy fish recipes, so thanks for sharing this!
Glad you like it! It was really tasty and you can add or remove ingredients based on your preferences 🙂 Let me know how it turns out!
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