This salad tastes much better to me with a double batch of the dressing.
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted in dry frying pan or in oven
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup dried cherries, chopped OR 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
- 1 medium English cucumber, seeded and cut into 1/3” dice (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup plain, low-fat yogurt (not Greek)
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp)
- salt & pepper to season
- Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a pot over medium-high heat. Stir in quinoa. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all liquid has been absorbed.
- Remove from heat and cool, covered, in pot.
- Lay 5 or 6 spinach leaves flat on top of one another on a cupttingboard. Roll tightly into a cylinder, then slice crosswise into slivers. Repeat with remaining spinach.
- In a large bowl toss together the cooled quinoa, almonds, spinach, cherries, cucumber, chickpeas and red onion .
- In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic.
- Pour over salad and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Chill for 30 minutes to allow flavours to develop, then serve.
- 2 cups cold water or broth
- 1 cup quinoa (rinse well before using – I use organic white quinoa)
Combine water and quinoa in a pot, bring to a boil and simmer until quinoa “pops” (~15-20 min). The water should all be absorbed and the quinoa should be tender. Let cool to room temperature. I like to cook the quinoa in the morning and then make the salad in the afternoon when it is cool.
- 1 sweet onion (Vidalia or similar) finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
- 2 tblsp olive oil/butter/coconut oil
- Pinch each of white sugar and salt
Caramelize onions and garlic in the oil with salt and sugar over med-low heat, for about 25 minutes or until golden yellow and very soft. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 red pepper (half and half red and yellow)
- 1 peeled carrot
- 1 peeled apple
- 1/3 cup raisins or cranberries
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
You can add any nuts, seeds, fruit or veggies that you like – be bold! If you use apple, get the dressing on the quinoa quickly so the apple does not go brown. Combine the quinoa, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and berries in one large bowl/pot. Pour on the dressing.
- 1/4 cup olive oil (or less)
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- a squeeze bragg or soya sauce
- bloop maple syrup (up to 1/8 cup)
- squeeze of lime juice
- 1/2 tsp mustard
- 1 tsp dill weed
- Orange zest (to taste)
- Salt and pepper as suits your taste
Combine all the dressing ingredients together in a glass container and give them a good shake. Pour over quinoa and veggies. Fold to disperse dressing. I stir the salad every hour or so to combine the flavours. Refrigerate for an hour or overnight – enjoy!
I’ve been testing out quinoa cake recipes for a while now, and this is the winner, hands down! The whole family really likes it, which is saying a lot. I serve it with a lemony aioli (stir up some real mayo with some pureed garlic, fresh lemon juice, and s & p).
- 2 cups cooked, cooled quinoa (about 1 cup uncooked will yield 2 – 3 cups of cooked)
- 1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Salt to taste
- 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Place all ingredients, except for the oil, into a mixing bowl and stir together until well combined. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes.
- Heat oil into a large sauté pan over medium heat; it is hot enough when a droplet of water jumps when sprinkled into the pan.
- Form 1⁄4 cup patties with the quinoa mixture and place in the heated sauté pan, 3 or 4 at a time.
- Cook quinoa cakes for 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy. Repeat with the remaining patties until all of the cakes have been cooked.
Filed under food, Protein