Spiced quinoa, cauliflower, pine nut and blue cheese salad

Spiced quinoa, cauliflower, pine nut and blue cheese salad

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Serves
4
Photographer
Peter Cassidy

Quinoa – one of the great superfoods – is a type of seed originating from Peru. It comes from the same family as beetroot, spinach and tumbleweed, and is really high in protein, making it popular in vegetarian cooking. Once you’ve tried it you will appreciate its unique texture and flavour.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
70g quinoa
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 small cauliflower, cut into florets, then into thick slices
4 shallots, finely chopped
1 teaspoon medium curry powder
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
100ml maple syrup
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 heads baby gem lettuce, cut into quarters
50g pine nuts
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
150g gorgonzola dolce or soft blue cheese

Method

  1. Cook the quinoa according to the packet instructions, then drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until hot. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and the cauliflower florets, and cook until lightly browned on each side, then remove and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the olive oil to the frying pan with the shallots and fry for a couple of minutes until just softened, then add the curry powder and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring well.
  4. Add the red wine vinegar and turn the heat down to a simmer the dressing, then stir in the maple syrup and olive oil. Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from the heat.
  5. Pour half the dressing into the cooked drained quinoa, season with salt and pepper, and toss well so that it is coated thoroughly. Pour the remaining dressing into the bowl with the cooked cauliflower, add the baby gems, pine nuts and half the chives, season and toss together. Add the dressed quinoa and toss lightly together, then divide between four plates. Place the small pieces of blue cheese over the salad, finish with a scattering of chives and serve straight away.
Tags:
Home Comforts
British food
classic recipes
indulgent
winter
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