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Quinoa & Rice Salad with Zucchini, Asparagus, Roasted Tomatoes and Goats Cheese

Serves 4

  • 250g pouch of Quick Steamed Rice and Quinoa blend (SunRice 90sec blend)
  • 20 green beans, ends trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 bunch asparagus, end trimmed 
  • 1 large zucchini, peeled into ribbons 
  • 1/4 quality Dukkah mix
  • 1 tub cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 50g Goats cheese 


Dressing Ingredients 

  • 4 Tbls good quality olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 2 Tbls red wine vinegar
  • ¼ bunch basil, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and Pepper  

 

Wash and peel zucchini into ribbons using a large flat blade peeler.

Prepare the green beans and asparagus and char over a hot grill - BBQ is great! Alternitivly use a grill pan with a little dash of olive oil and lemon juice squeezed over. Keep turning the greens to get nice even char marks - grill until just softened (but still al dente). Set aside and now grill the zucchini in the same way. I pile it all on one large plate.

Wash and slice cherry tomatoes in half. Place on a flat baking tray, skin side down and drizzle with a little oil and season with salt and pepper. Place under the griller of you oven for 5-10 minutes until tomatoe skins start to blister.

Meanwhile, for the dressing whizz basil, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, vinegar, Dijion and salt and pepper in a mini food processor or by hand. Check seasoning again to taste.

In a large salad bowl, scatter cooked/microwave Quinoa mix. Add your seasonal mix of grilled greens, the roasted  tomatoes and dressing. Now mix salad very gently from the bottom of bowl with two large spoon or I like to use clean hands.

Finally just before serving scatter some quality Dukkah and Goats cheese.

Such a crowd pleaser for Summer and a fabulous BBQ dish served with charred corn, any marinated meats such as chicken, lamb, seafood or even snags!!!

Quinoa & Rice Salad with Zucchini, Asparagus, Roasted Tomatoes and Goats Cheese

SunRice have released a great range of mixed grains. The range is filled with exciting mixed varieties of quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, jasmine rice and many more. These are sensational time savers as the pouches take only 90sec zapped in the microwave, all in the bag! It means you can use them as a base for any healthy and hearty salad. Be creative - Toss them through roasted vegetables, raw vegetables, wilted greens & any fresh herbs u like. But dont stop there - keep building adding toasted nuts for texture and crunch, garnish with a chosen cheese if u like & always always finish with a kick ass dressing!!       


 
Purchase Fiona Inglis' cookbook for more exciting ways to encourage both children and parents to explore their taste buds through growing and preparing healthy, seasonal recipes. It's sure to entice even the fussiest of eaters!