Grilled Avocado Halves with Cumin Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Grilled Avocado Halves with Cumin Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

It's not the quickest recipe in the world but it's dressed to impress even the toughest critics. This vegetarian dish sits nicely as a stand-alone meal or add it as a side to a protein of your choice. If you can get your hands on some fresh caught Gurnard, pan seared, you're in for an absolute treat.


For the grilled Avocados

3 ripe Avocados
1 - 2 tablespoon olive oil
1 lemons juiced
Salt and pepper

For the cumin-spiced quinoa and black bean salad

1 cup dry quinoa
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon of salt
black pepper to taste
1 cup diced cucumber
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup raw corn kernels
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (1 can of beans rinsed)
10 - 15 basil leaves chopped
1/4 cup chopped coriander


Lightly oil your grill or grill pan and set over medium heat.

Rinse the quinoa through a fine sieve for about a minute.

Place quinoa in a medium sized pot with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt. Bring the water to boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Cover the quinoa and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and allow it to rest, covered, for 10 minutes. While the quinoa cooks, cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. Brush the avocados lightly with olive oil and drizzle with lemon juice. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Place the avocados, cut side down, on the grill. Allow them to cook for 5 minutes, or until they have nice grill marks. Remove them from heat and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, cumin, salt, and pepper to taste.

To a large mixing bowl, add the cooked quinoa, cucumber, pepper, corn, black beans, basil, and coriander. Dress the salad and toss gently. Season to taste.

Fill each avocado half till it's brimming over with a cup of quinoa salad. Serve, garnished with extra coriander if desired.


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