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Beetroot and Kumquat Salad with Quinoa

Course Salad
Servings 2


For the salad

  • 1 large beetroot (or 2 medium)
  • 6 kumquats
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • Handful parsley
  • Handful chives
  • Crumbled feta to serve

For the dressing

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Top and tail your beetroot and wrap in aluminium foil. Place in the oven for 45-60 minutes. The beetroot is done when you can slide a sharp knife into it like it's butter.
  • Place your quinoa in a sieve and rinse well under running water. Tip into a small saucepan and add 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and cook for about 10 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and place a lid on the saucepan for a few minutes.
  • In a small jar add all of the dressing ingredients and shake to combine.
  • Thinly slice up the kumquats (removing any seeds as you go) and add to a large bowl. Roughly chop up the parsley and snip up the chives and add both to the bowl as well.
  • Once the quinoa has finished, fluff up with a fork and then add to the bowl with the kumquats. Pour over the dressing and stir everything well.
  • Once the beetroot is cooked remove from oven and open the foil. Once it is cool enough to handle use a knife to cut off the remaining skin and then chop the flesh into cubes (2cm-ish). Add this to the bowl and give a gentle stir.
  • Plate up, crumble chunks of feta over the top and dig in!


Adapted from My Darling Lemon Thyme
This salad keeps fairly well in the fridge for a day or two, but might need a spruce up with a little extra dressing.
You can also boil the beets, but I prefer the flavour of the roasted ones. Although roasting does take a bit of extra time, it's pretty hands off, and you can roast the beet a day or two before making the salad.
If you can get your hands on some lovely little baby beets, you can still roast them, but they won't need anywhere near as long, then cut them up into wedges.
Keyword Vegetarian