Go to INDUSTRY SITE
The official website for New Zealand Avocados
Back to Results

Avocado, Pumpkin, Haloumi and Quinoa Salad

Avocado, Pumpkin, Haloumi and Quinoa Salad

Nadia Lim

A delicious and healthy super salad!

Time: 50 mins Serves: 4 Difficulty: Difficult
Ingredients:

Roast pumpkin

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon runny honey
500g peeled pumpkin, cut into 2-3cm chunks

Quinoa salad

1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
Flesh of 2 firm ripe avocados, sliced
1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup seedless grapes, halved
6-8 medjool dates, stone removed, chopped
Handful of baby rocket or spinach leaves
3/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

To serve

200-250g haloumi cheese, sliced 0.5cm thick
2 grilled chicken breasts (optional), sliced

Dressing

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon liquid honey
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Method:

Preheat oven to 200degC.

Line an oven tray with baking paper.

  1. Toss pumpkin with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and honey in prepared tray. Roast until slightly caramelised, 20-25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa. Combine quinoa and stock/water (with a pinch of salt) in a medium-size pot and bring to the boil. As soon as it boils, cover with a tight-fitting lid and reduce to lowest heat to cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and leave to steam, still covered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Fluff up quinoa grains with a fork and toss with roast pumpkin and remaining quinoa salad ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat a drizzle of oil in a fry pan on medium heat and cook haloumi slices for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown, and melted on the inside. Mix all dressing ingredients together and toss with quinoa salad. To serve, divide quinoa salad between bowls and top with slices of cooked haloumi and grilled chicken breast if using.

15 mins 4 Easy Avocado & Chicken Potato Salad A hearty salad perfect for summer barbecues or week a quick week night dinner. 20 mins 1 Moderate Avocado Stack This tiered treat will impress your lunch guests both with it's fresh and creamy flavours as well as it's stylish presentation. 20 mins 10 Moderate Avocado Cream Dip This recipe is perfect for entertaining or as a savoury treat! We have filled the centre of cherry tomatoes in this recipe but it would make a tasty dip for crackers or chips too! 10 mins 4 Easy Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream Children love sweet treats, but a lot of treats are packed with sugar and unhealthy fats. Avocados are the prefect based for super healthy desserts and treats for kids, packed with healthy fats, their creamy rich texture makes them ideal to make ice cream. These recipes are also ideal to make popsicle for your kids too!