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Thu May 07 01:33:37 SAST 2015

Honey roasted butternut, onion and red pepper quinoa salad

Pick an Pay | 27 February, 2013 00:06


1 cup (250ml) quinoa

2 cups (500ml) water or vegetable stock

400g butternut, peeled and cut into wedges

2 red peppers, halved and seeds discarded

2 onions, peeled and quartered

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

Olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tbsp (30ml) honey

4 sprigs thyme

150g baby spinach, washed

1 lemon


Preheat oven to grill.

Place halved peppers, skin side up, under hot grill and allow their skins to blacken.

Remove from oven, place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the peppers to steam for 15 minutes, or until cool enough to handle.

Peel away the blackened skins and slice peppers thinly. Set aside.

Reduce oven temperature to 180C. Bring water or stock to the boil and add quinoa.

Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat and set aside.

Place butternut wedges, onions, garlic and thyme onto a roasting tray and drizzle with olive oil and honey.

Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and roast in the oven for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until butternut is soft and sticky and onions are slightly caramelised.

Remove from oven and toss onions into quinoa, together with roasted peppers.

Place spinach onto a large platter and top with the butternut wedges and quinoa.

Drizzle with a little extra olive oil and squeeze of lemon and serve.