Quinoa ‘tabbouleh’ with British asparagus, halloumi and kale

This warm salad has an added protein boost from the quinoa while the British asparagus and kale keep things fresh. The asparagus is boiled only briefly to make sure it keeps its bite.


Serves: 4

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes


You’ll need:

For the tabbouleh:

200g quinoa

350ml hot vegetable stock

2 bunches British asparagus, trimmed and sliced into bite size pieces

200g kale, torn into bite sized pieces

1/2 bunch spring onions, finely sliced

1 large bunch flatleaf parsley, chopped

a handful of radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced

200g pack pomegranate seeds


for the dressing:

juice of 1 lemon

1 tbsp runny honey

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 tsp dijon mustard

6 tbsp olive oil

salt and freshly ground black pepper


to serve (optional):

2 x 250g packs halloumi, cut into 1cm thick slices

1 tbsp olive oil


What to do:

Add the quinoa to a small saucepan and pour over the hot stock. Bring up to the boil, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes until the grains are tender and the stock absorbed.


Meanwhile, make the dressing by adding the lemon juice, honey, garlic and mustard to a mixing bowl and whisking together. Slowly pour in the olive oil whisking until you have a thick creamy dressing. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


Bring a large pan of lightly salted water up to the boil and tip in the asparagus. Simmer for 2 minutes until just tender but with plenty of bite. Remove with a slotted spoon to a colander and allow to drain then tip onto a plate and allow to cool.


Add the kale to the boiling water and cook for another 2 minutes then drain and rinse under cold running water to cool quickly. Drain well, ideally spinning dry in a salad spinner.


Add the kale to the bowl of dressing, along with the spring onions, parsley, radishes and blanched asparagus. Toss together lightly to mix.


Once the quinoa is cooked, fork through the grains to separate and tip into the salad, lightly mixing through. Spoon onto a serving plate and scatter over the pomegranate seeds before serving.


If you are serving with halloumi, heat a griddle pan until really hot. Brush the halloumi slices with a little oil and grill on both sides until lightly charred and crisp. You may need to cook in batches depending how big your pan is.