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Mild Spicy Quinoa Salad with California Prunes & Feta

Mild Spicy Quinoa Salad with California Prunes & Feta
  • 00:10'
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Ingredients

200g quinoa
2 tbsp water
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 cooked beetroot, diced
12 California Prunes, finely sliced lengthways
1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp chilli
140g feta cheese
16 cherry tomartoes
4 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
juice of one lemon
pinch pepper to taste

Prune It is a healthy eating campaign designed to educate consumers to understand the role that California Prunes can play in helping to help reduce the fat and sugar content across a wide range of recipes.  When blended into a puree, prunes offer a useful fat replacer in cooking by adding fat-like (but fat-free) characteristics that also work to enhance the flavours in both sweet and savoury dishes.

In addition, the naturally occurring sugars present in California Prunes can also be used to provide a natural replacement for some of the processed sugars that traditionally feature in sweet recipes.  And because of their high fibre content and ability to add bulk to dishes, California Prunes also have a role to play in reducing portion size without compromising on filling power or taste.

Instructions

First cook the Quinoa as instructed on the packet.

In a frying pan heat the olive oil and soften the red onion, garlic celery and California Prunes, now add the cumin, coriander, chilli and mixed spice. Add two tablespoons of water and cook for a further minute until the liquid has evaporated.

Season with pepper, and add to the Quinoa and mix well.

Add most of the parsley leaving enough for a garnish. add the cooked beetroot and mix. Fold in the cut tomatoes leaving a few for garnish. Now crumble the feta leaving some for garnish.

Add the lemon and test for seasoning. Place into a large serving dish and garnish with the feta, tomato and parsley.

Rosemary Shrager
Author

Rosemary Shrager

“Queen of Prunes”
Television chef with haute cuisine experience. Hosted own TV series Rosemary Shrager’s School for Cooks / regular appearances on Alan Titchmarsh Show Celebrated cookery writer. Runs Rosemary Shrager Cookery School