Chef's Recipes

Quail, spelt, grape and caperberry salad

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for quail, spelt, grape and caperberry salad by Auge Ristorante, Adelaide.

  • 40 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Quail, spelt, grape and caperberry salad
"I'd love to make Auge Ristorante's quail, grape and spelt salad. Can you please print the recipe?"
Fiona Gibson, Toorak Gardens, SA
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  • ½ cup (loosely packed) oregano
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) verjuice
  • Finely grated rind and juice of ½ lemon and ½ orange
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) vegetable oil
  • 4 butterflied quail
  • 50 gm seedless red grapes
  • 1 punnet baby red sorrel, for garnish
  • For drizzling: extra-virgin olive oil
Spelt salad
  • 250 gm cracked spelt (see note)
  • 1 fennel, thinly sliced on a mandolin
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) basil and mint
  • 30 ml (1½ tbsp) each fig vincotto (see note) and extra-virgin olive oil
Caperberry and grape salad
  • 100 gm caperberries, halved
  • 100 gm seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1 golden shallot, finely diced
  • 1 small red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp raspberry vinegar


  • 1
    Process oregano, verjuice, rinds, juices and 60ml (¼ cup) vegetable oil in a food processor until a coarse paste. Place quail in a non-reactive container to fit snugly. Spread paste over quail, turn to coat, refrigerate and marinate (8 hours or overnight).
  • 2
    For spelt salad, cook spelt in a saucepan of simmering salted water until tender (10-12 minutes). Drain and set aside to cool. Just before serving, add remaining ingredients, season to taste and toss to combine.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 200C. Heat remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add quail skin-side down and cook, pressing lightly with a metal spatula to flatten, until golden (2-3 minutes). Turn and cook until golden (1-2 minutes). Transfer to a tray lined with baking paper, add grapes and roast until quail is cooked through (5-7 minutes). Set aside to rest (5 minutes) then cut quail in half.
  • 4
    For caperberry and grape salad, combine ingredients in a bowl, season to taste.
  • 5
    Divide spelt salad between plates, top with quail and roast grapes, then caperberry salad, scatter over red sorrel, season to taste, drizzle with a little extra-virgin olive oil and serve.


Note cracked spelt is available from select grocers and is also labeled farro spezzato. Fig vincotto is available from Italian grocers. If unavailable, substitute vincotto.