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Cheddar and Grilled Cherry Tomato Salad

This is the Cheddar and Grilled Cherry Tomato Salad recipe.

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cooking: 20 min
Yields 4 servings
cheddar and grilled cherry tomato salad


  • 1 cup (250 mL) quinoa
  • 3 cups (750 mL) different coloured cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chorizo sausage cut into rounds
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups (1 L) baby spinach or 1 head of Boston lettuce torn into pieces
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh basil thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Canadian Sharp Cheddar cut into cubes
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Preheat grill to high heat.

In a saucepan, cook quinoa according to package instructions, then let cool.

Meanwhile, place cherry tomatoes and chorizo on a large sheet of aluminum foil and fold in ends to form a bowl shape.

Place tomatoes and chorizo on grill and cook for 5–7 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar and cook for another 2–3 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix lukewarm quinoa with spinach, basil and Cheddar. Add cherry tomatoes, chorizo and balsamic vinegar. Toss and serve at once.


Handle the aluminum foil gently so as not to tear it. You may also fold it over to double the thickness, or place it on a foil plate.

Cheese alternatives: Canadian Swiss Cheese, Sharp Gouda

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 432 Calories
Protein: 21 g
Carbohydrate: 36 g
Fat: 22 g
Fibre: 4.8 g
Sodium: 496 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 27 % / 294 mg
Folate: 60 %
Magnesium: 47 %
Phosphorus: 40 %
Zinc: 38 %