Quinoa, feta, pea and mint salad with lemon and chilli

Quinoa, feta, pea and mint salad with lemon and chilli
  • Serves icon Serves 1
  • Time icon Hands-on time 15 min

Laura Herring’s quick quinoa, feta and mint salad from The Fast Days Cookbook is low in calories, for fast days on the 5:2 diet, but high in protein to keep you full for longer.

Here’s a similar recipe with broad beans and pomegranate.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
204kcals
Fat
7.3g (3.8g saturated)
Protein
11g
Carbohydrates
22.8g (3.4g sugars)
Fibre
4.1g
Salt
0.7g
Calories
204kcals
Fat
7.3g (3.8g saturated)
Protein
11g
Carbohydrates
22.8g (3.4g sugars)
Fibre
4.1g
Salt
0.7g

Ingredients

  • 35g white or red quinoa
  • 5g fresh mint leaves, finely shredded
  • Finely grated zest and juice ½ lemon
  • ½ small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 30g frozen peas, thawed
  • 25g feta, chopped into small cubes

Method

  1. Put the quinoa in a small saucepan with 125ml cold water. Bring to the boil over a high heat, then reduce the heat to low-medium. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until soft and fluffy, adding a splash of water if the quinoa starts to dry out.
  2. When the quinoa is cooked, drain well and transfer to a bowl. Gently stir in the mint leaves so they soften a little in the heat. Squeeze over the lemon juice and mix in the chilli and the thawed peas. Mix in the feta. Sprinkle over the lemon zest, then season with black pepper.

delicious. tips

  1. For a non-fasting day, stir in some toasted and chopped almonds for extra crunch and added nutrients.

  2. Make up to 3 days in advance. Store in a sealed container in the fridge.

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Find out more about Laura Herring’s book, The Fast Days Cookbook.

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