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Quinoa salad with pomegranate, pumpkin and ashed goat’s cheese

This salad of quinoa, pumpkin and ashed goat's cheese is one of our most popular recipes for a reason. One of them might be just how simple it is to put together.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 4
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Quinoa salad with pomegranate, pumpkin and ashed goat’s cheese
Grain salads strike the perfect balance between wholesome and hearty, making them an ideal recipe when you're looking for a light dinner or during cooler months when you need something more substantial. Here, quinoa, crumbly goat's cheese and roasted pumpkin provide the heft while pomegranates are a welcome burst of fresh juicy flavour. The best part? It's a cinch to throw together.

Ingredients

  • 300 gm butternut pumpkin (about ½), diced
  • 1 Spanish onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 200 gm (1 cup) quinoa
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped coriander
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped mint
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • Seeds from ½ pomegranate
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 100 gm ashed goat's cheese

Method

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 220C. Scatter pumpkin and onion on a roasting tray, drizzle with oil, season to taste and roast until caramelised (20 minutes).
  • 2
    Cook quinoa in a saucepan of boiling salted water until tender (10-15 minutes), then drain and set aside in a sieve to drain completely.
  • 3
    Combine remaining ingredients except cheese in a bowl, add roasted pumpkin, onion and quinoa and toss to combine. Season to taste and serve scattered with crumbled goat's cheese.