Warm Quinoa salad with Fish and Coriander Verde

I made this dinner the other night and it was delicious, most of the measurements are estimates though I have tried to be accurate.

I served the salad and verde with grilled salmon fillets, for leftovers the next day I had canned smoked tuna (even more delicious). Serves 3.

Quinoa Salad

  • ½ cup quinoa (rinsed)
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • ½ cauliflower (cut into florets)
  • 2 Lebanese/Japanese eggplant (slice in 1 cm rounds)
  • ½ green capsicum (1cm cubes)
  • 1 Tbles extra virgin olive oil
  • A handful of baby spinach

Verde

  • ½ bunch coriander (rinsed and chopped)
  • 1 Tbls capers (rinsed)
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbls lemon juice
  • 1 teas lemon zest
  • 2 Tbls extra virgin olive oil

Method

  1. Set oven to 180° Celsius.
  2. Put the verde ingredients together in a blender or mortar/pestle and combine until it resembles a paste, season with salt and pepper - allow flavours to develop.
  3. Put quinoa and stock in a saucepan and bring to the boil, put the lid on and reduce to a low simmer, cook for approximately 15 minutes. The stock should be absorbed and quinoa transparent.
  4. Toss cauliflower, eggplant and capsicum in the oil and season; spread onto a baking dish. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes until brown yet firm.
  5. Mix the cooked quinoa, roasted vegetables and spinach together, serve with grilled salmon and top with a couple of tablespoons of verde.

Note: this recipe is very flexible, you can substitute any of the vegetables; you can also change the verde to suit as well. For example a pesto style goes with chicken, while olive, fetta and mint verde works with lamb.

By: Melisa Hockey