Monday, March 7, 2011

Summer Dreaming of Quinoa Salad

Well, my posting has slowed down a little lately. Life just gets busy sometimes!  I have had some photos tucked away on the hard drive for a while, but just haven't had a chance to write or post anything.  Lately I have been day dreaming of summer...warmer weather, sandals, sunshine, BBQs, fresh summer fruit & veggies...the list goes on.  This has been quite a cold winter, even in prairie terms. The other evening I found some Quinoa in the cupboard and I just knew it was time to make a quinoa salad, the perfect summer salad!!

Quinoa Salad
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1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 green pepper
1/2 yellow pepper
1/3 to 1/2 long English cucumber
1/2 medium white onion (or whichever colour you have on hand)
handful grape or cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on size
big handful cilantro
1/2 cup feta cheese
1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Rinse and drain the quinoa.  Place the quinoa in a a pot with 1 1/2 cups cold water.  Bring to a boil, put a lid on the pot, reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20  minutes, until water is absorbed (just like cooking rice).

Once the quinoa is done cooking, fluff it with a fork and let it cool.

While the quinoa is cooking, cut up the veggies into smallish bite size pieces, place in a bowl and set aside.

Rinse, dry and chop the cilantro.

Mix together the veggies, the cooled quinoa, the feta, and the cilantro.

Squeeze on the lemon juice, salt, and pepper....mix it again!


The real beauty of this salad is that you can used what ever veggies you have on hand...My favourite version of this salad includes the above veggies, but fresh from the garden or farmers' market!

Until next time, stay warm and eat well!!

1 comment:

  1. I've just started cooking with grains and I'm hooked! This salad looks so yummy and fresh.


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