Friday 23 March 2018

Donal Skehan's health salad fix

Healthy Salad Jar
Healthy Salad Jar

Eating healthily when you're on the go can be very tricky so this healthy jar salad is a total life-saver. The quinoa will keep hunger at bay and the addition of the halloumi really adds an extra element. You don't have to roast the chickpeas but I love the extra crunch you get if you do. This salad is quick to prepare, satisfying and keeps really well in the jar - the perfect combo!

Healthy Jar Salad

Serves 4

You will need

400g chickpeas, washed and drained

1 tbsp olive oil

½ tsp paprika

1 tsp cayenne

240g quinoa

250g halloumi, thinly sliced

200g kale, washed and stalks removed

1 carrot, julienned

1 avocado, cut into chunks

For the dressing:

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place the chickpeas in a roasting tray and mix with the olive oil, paprika and cayenne. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until crispy. Cook the quinoa according to the packet and let it cool. Fry the halloumi in a pan until golden brown and set aside.

In a jar, mix together the ingredients for the dressing. In a bowl, mix the kale and dressing, then massage the dressing into the kale to make it softer.

Assemble the salad in a jar by placing the quinoa in the bottom then topping it with the carrot, kale, avocado, chickpea and halloumi. Pack it for lunch or enjoy at home.

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