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Eggplant & Feta Quinoa Salad Bowl Recipe

Love your guts and waistline with this deliciously good-for-you high fibre salad recipe that uses nutritious quinoa as based to create a filling feed with veggies and punch of flavour from feta cheese. All week on my Instagram, I have been sharing the importance of including high-fibre foods in your diet for weight loss and good gut health, and this delicious salad is super loaded with plenty of it. Come follow along on Insta in addition to tuning into the blog for more free recipes! Ready? Let's start cooking this healthy, high-fibre recipe...

Eggplant & Feta Quinoa Salad Bowl Recipe | Photo: @natavkusidey
High-fibre Eggplant & Feta Quinoa Salad Bowl Recipe | Photo: @natavkusidey

Quinoa is a staple in my recipe test kitchen as it provides a well-rounded source of protein and dietary fibre, all in one. I use it regularly as it makes such a nice, hearty base for winter dishes whether it is served with toasted tofu, Cajun chicken, prawns or tossed in winter salads. If you are looking to up your fibre intake for weight loss, then bookmark this high-fibre recipe and start using it a base each week.


Healthy High Fibre Salad Variations


This salad recipe can be easily adjusted for a range of dietary needs by omitting the feta cheese and substituting it for a vegetarian version such as cashew feta, by swapping the feta out for salty kalamata olives, or omitting it altogether.


The versatility of this salad is an easy recipe to enjoy on repeat each week simply by using a different focus vegetable instead of the eggplant. Try the same recipe with baked or roasted sweet potato, zucchini, pumpkin, turnips, or be a little more experimental by trying it combined with garlic roasted brussels sprouts, green beans, or a can of cooked and seasoned lentils. This makes the perfect vegetarian meal for Meat-free Mondays and uses only a few simple ingredients.



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Eggplant & Feta Quinoa Salad Recipe


This healthy salad with high fibre quinoa can be enjoyed as is, or make it fully plantbased for Meatless Mondays by swapping the feta for a vegan version such as cashew feta. Either way, this salad recipe is not only nutritious, but bursting with flavour and texture. It's a perfect combination of roasted veggies and the wholesome goodness of quinoa and spinach.


Eggplant & Feta Quinoa Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baby spinach, washed and dried

  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked according to package instructions

  • 1 large eggplant, diced

  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup dairy or vegan feta cheese, crumbled

  • 3 tbsp crushed walnuts

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • rock salt and pepper, to taste

  • fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish


Salad Dressing Recipe

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • rock salt and pepper, to taste


Method

For the eggplant salad, roast the eggplant in a pre-heated oven at 200°C. First, toss the diced eggplant with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread out on a baking sheet and roast for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Allow it to cool. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa according to the package instructions. Once cooked, fluff it with a fork and let it cool. Try it cooked in well-seasoned water or soup stock.


In a large salad bowl, combine the cooked and cooled quinoa and roasted eggplant with baby spinach, walnuts, and feta cheese. To make the dressing (optional) whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Drizzle over top once served for a tangy zip.


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Emma Lisa, Nutritionist & Women's Practitioner

Emma Lisa, Nutritionist at Eat Nourish Glow

Emma Lisa is a Nutritionist & Women's Health Practitioner with over 12+ years experience in wholefood nutrition, meal planning and health coaching. She is a published cookbook author, passionate food recipe creator and lifestyle blogger, and an advocate for women's health and anti-diet culture. When she's not in clinic, Emma is mum to five kids, in her test kitchen and a wellness digital creator. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
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