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Avocado, Spinach & Quinoa Vegan Salad (Slaai)

This vegan avocado, spinach and quinoa salad (or slaii in Afrikaans) is an amalgamation of common Swati flavours and ingredients combined into a fresh, tasty dish. Avocado is marinated and tossed, with quinoa, peanuts, and coconut for a perfect summer side.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins


  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large avocados (ripe, diced into 1cm cubes)
  • 1/4 cup peanuts (crushed)
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup of spinach


  • Combine lemon juice, ginger and salt.
  • Add the avocado and toss gently to coat. Leave to marinate for 20 minutes.
  • As it is marinating, cook the quinoa by adding it to a pot, covering the quinoa with vege stock, bringing to a boil, reducing to simmer, and letting it cook for 20 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Grill corn on a griddle pan until slightly charred, and toast coconut until lightly browned.
  • Toss together avocados with corn, coconut, quinoa, and spinach.
  • Sprinkle with crushed peanuts and serve.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine African, Eswantini
Keyword avocado, corn, Gluten-free, Healthy, lemon, Peanut, Quinoa, salad, spinach, Vegan