Monday, June 22, 2015

Quail & Roasted Tomato Salad

By: The Food Hunter

When things start heating up outside I start looking for easier, lighter options to make for dinner. Often, I'll turn to main-dish salads that don't require a lot of advanced preparation.

In this recipe grilled quail is mixed with roasted tomatoes, green olives and an herb vinaigrette to create a delicious summer inspired salad. It's a quick and tasty dish that can be on the table in relatively no time.

Quail & Roasted Tomato Salad
serves two
2 Quail, butterflied
Olive Oil, for cooking quail
4 Roma Tomatoes, halved & roasted (see below)
2 Tsp. Fresh Mint, finely chopped
2 Tbs Red Wine Vinegar
4 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tsp Flat Leaf Parsley, finely chopped
4-5 Green Olives, pitted & chopped
Mixed Greens

For the Roasted Tomatoes
Preheat the oven to 350. Place the tomatoes, cut-side up, on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Roast for about 20-30 minutes or until semi-dried.

For the Quail Salad
Flatten out the quails and season inside and out with salt & pepper. Heat olive oil in a large heavy-based frying pan over medium-high heat. Lightly brush the quails with oil. Cook the quails on each side until browned and cooked through.

Combine the tomatoes, olives, herbs, vinegar and olive oil in a large bowl. Cut the quails into quarters and add to the vinegar mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper, toss well to coat. Serve over mixed greens.


  1. Easy and light are exactly what we need right now!

  2. What a perfect Sunday Supper! I love quail!

  3. Can you believe I've never cooked (or eaten) quail? I'm not sure why because I know I would love it. Now you've given me a reason to try it. This salad looks delcious and light!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  4. I like lighter dishes in the summer, as well. I eat totally different when it's warm out!

  5. My hubby and I were just talking about Quail which I've never had and he has. Time to try some!

  6. What a great summer salad! Loving the no-fuss and fresh ingredients recipes this time of year!

  7. Looks delicious! We have a favorite restaurant that makes meatballs from quail. I can't imagine the effort that must go into grinding enough meat to make meatballs for a dinner service!

  8. I usually only see quail served as a simple little appetizer and it's never enough. I love the idea of piling it high on a salad....yum!