Fast Recipes

Smashed beetroot, quinoa, egg and avocado salad

As a native Andes grain, quinoa adds a fluffy, delicate touch to the avocado, egg and beetroot salad.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 4
Smashed beetroot, quinoa, egg and avocado salad
Smashed beetroot, quinoa, egg and avocado salad

The trick to cooking quinoa, a native of the Andes region, is to dry it well after it's boiled so it's light and fluffy - leave it in a sieve once it's drained for about 10 minutes, then place it in a bowl and fluff up the grains with a fork.


  • 200gm quinoa
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 beetroot, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup coriander, torn (loosely packed)
  • 1/2 Spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • 60ml extra-virgin olive oil (1/4 cup)
  • 1 avocado, thickly sliced


  • 1
    Cook quinoa in a large saucepan of boiling water (9 - 12 minutes). Drain well in a sieve, fluffing quinoa occasionally with a fork to help it cool and dry (10 - 12 minutes), then transfer to a bowl.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, cook eggs in a saucepan of boiling water until cooked to your liking (7 minutes for medium-boiled). Drain, refresh under cold running water, then peel and halve.
  • 3
    Working in batch, pound beetroot and a pinch of salt with a mortar and pestle until coarsely crushed and juices release, then add to quinoa along with coriander and onion.
  • 4
    Whisk lime juice and olive oil in a bowl, drizzle onto salad, season to taste and toss to combine. Serve salad topped with boiled egg halves and sliced avocado.