Warm roast parsnip, quinoa and feta salad

20.12.16 Meal Recipes

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Laura Agar Wilson, owner of blog Wholeheartedly Healthy, is a health coach, wellbeing writer and recipe developer. In the season of over-indulging, Laura serves us up a tasty winter salad recipe. Not only is it simple and warming in the cold weather, but it's wholeheartedly delicious too...

This salad uses seasonal parsnips, roasted with maple syrup, combined with salty feta cheese for a perfect sweet and salty combination. Quinoa is rich in protein and fibre, which will keep you full up too.



For the salad:

  • 3 parsnips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 85g (½ cup) of dry quinoa (or one packet of pre cooked quinoa)
  • 250ml of water
  • 2 handfuls of seasonal green leaves like rocket or beetroot leaves
  • 150g feta cheese
  • 1 pomegranate
  • Fresh parsley to serve

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt


Preheat the oven to 180°C and prepare a baking tray lined with foil.

Peel the parsnips, slice into wedges and place on the baking tray. Melt the coconut oil and pour over the parsnips along with the maple syrup. Toss together and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden and tender.

While the parsnips are roasting, prepare the quinoa by rinsing well in a sieve. Cover it with 250ml of water, bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer until all the water has been absorbed. Once cooked, mix the roast parsnips with the quinoa and set aside.

Divide the green leaves between two plates and top with the quinoa and parsnips. Then crumble over the feta.

Deseed the pomegranate and scatter half of the pomegranate arils over the top.

Whisk together the salad dressing and drizzle on top followed by some roughly chopped parsley. Then it’s ready to serve!

For more healthy recipe ideas, see Laura’s blog, Wholeheartedly Healthy

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