Quinoa semi-dried tomatoes braai salad

Quinoa semi-dried tomatoes braai salad

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  • 1.4L vegetable stock
  • 2 cups (400g) white quinoa, rinsed, drained
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 each witlof (Belgian endive) and cos lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced into thin wedges


  • 1 bunch thyme, leaves picked
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 an orange
  • 1/4 tsp caster sugar
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved


  • 1 egg yolk
  • Juice of 2 1/2 limes
  • 1 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2/3 cup (165ml) grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 1 bunch coriander, leaves picked, finely chopped
  • Pinch each of ground cumin and cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 100°C. Grease a baking tray and line with baking paper.
  2. For the dried tomatoes, combine thyme, orange zest, sugar, tomato and 1/2 tsp salt flakes in a bowl. Arrange tomato, cut-side up, on prepared tray. Roast for 90 minutes or until dried but still plump. Set aside. (Dried tomato can be stored, covered, at room temperature for up to 1 day.)
  3. For the dressing, combine egg yolk, lime juice, vinegar and honey in a narrow jug. Using a stick blender, blend while adding oils in a slow, steady stream until combined and emulsified. Stir through herbs and spices, and chill until needed.
  4. To cook the quinoa, bring stock to the boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add quinoa and cook for 12 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
  5. Soak onion in cold water for 5 minutes to soften its flavour. Drain. Arrange all ingredients on a platter and drizzle with a little dressing. Serve with remaining dressing on the side.

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