Mediterranean Veg, Quinoa and Feta Salad

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Summer is definitely here, and with it, a need for fresh and tasty recipes! So this latest creation is a recent favourite of mine – full of colourful vegetables, tasty quinoa and one of my favourite ingredients, feta!

Recipe (Serves 4 as a lunch dish or 5-6 as a side salad to dinner)

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp of tahini
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 200g of uncooked quinoa
  • 100g of feta cheese, chopped into small 1/2 inch chunks
  • Salt and black pepper, to season
  • Vegetable stock (or water) – for cooking the quinoa (see the package instructions of your brand for cooking)

Method

  1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions and set aside when done.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 200C (fan oven) and line a baking tray with tin foil greased with a little olive oil.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, wash your veggies. Peel the carrots and slice into short sticks. Slice the aubergine and courgette into 1 inch chunks. De-seed the pepper and again dice into chunks. Tip the veggies into a big bowl, and toss them with the olive oil, salt and pepper (just a pinch of salt and a few twists of black pepper).
  4. Spread the veggies onto the baking tray and when the oven is ready, roast them for 25 minutes, turning halfway.
  5. Add the quinoa to a large mixing bowl, then tip the roasted veggies in on top of them.
  6. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, then add these too.
  7. Combine the tahini and lemon juice in a small bowl, and drizzle it onto the salad, mixing it so the veggies and quinoa are coated.
  8. Add the feta, and stir it in using a big spoon.
  9. Your salad is ready! Tuck in!

Enjoy guys! Tag me if you try this one out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!

Ciara 🙂 x

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