Californian Banquet Salad

This gluten-free recipe just has so much going for it – it’s light yet filling, it’s colorful, it’s packed full of nutrients – I just feel happy every time I make it!

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 25 minutes | Serves: 4


  • 13 ounces (300gm) quinoa
  • 5 ounces (200gm) Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tin garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Cucumbers, diced
  • 7 ounces (200gm) Red Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 7 ounces (200gm) Yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 ounces (60gm) shallots, chopped
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 chicken boullion cube


  1. For your quinoa: Wash and rinse the quinoa then dry roast it in a heavy bottomed saucepan for a minute or two, stirring constantly.
  2. Meanwhile, dissolve the boullion cube in a pan of water and bring it to the boil. Once the water has boiled, pour it over the roasted quinoa so that the quinoa is under about about an inch of water. Bring it back to the boil and let it simmer for about 25 minutes.
  3. For your salad: While this is happening, take a large bowl and add the feta cheese, garbanzo beans, diced cucumbers, red and yellow cherry tomatoes and shallots. Mix together well.
  4. Fluff your quinoa with a fork and pour the bowl into your salad mix, along with your lemon juice, olive oil and white vinegar. Give the bowl another good mix.
  5. Spoon into each bowl, adding salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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