A different kind of salad for us, and there were none of the mixed greens that we normally eat. Quinoa is not something we have had a lot of but we enjoyed it very much in today's salad. If you go here you will be able to see the original recipe.
Quick and Easy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
½ teaspoons each salt and pepper
4 to 5 cups cooked chilled quinoa
1-1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
2/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
If you have an empty jar with a lid (I keep an old pickle jar in the cupboard for this purpose), add olive oil, vinegars, lemon juice, oregano, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper to a jar or container. Put the lid on the jar and shake thoroughly to combine. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix gently.
Just before serving, give the dressing another quick shake and pour over the salad. Mix gently to coat all ingredients. Serve immediately.
When preparing quinoa, 2 cups uncooked quinoa equates to about 4 to 5 cups cooked.
To make this a full meal, add grilled chicken or salmon and serve on top of the salad. Alternatively (if you don’t eat meat), add one can of rinsed chickpeas directly into the salad and mix together.
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is the seed of the Chenopodium quinoa plant.
Botanically speaking, it’s not a grain. However, it’s often called a “pseudograin” because it’s similar in nutrients and eaten the same way as cereal grains.
Quinoa was first grown for food 7,000 years ago in the Andes. The Incas called it “the mother grain” and believed it was sacred.
Although it’s now grown around the world, the majority is still produced in Bolivia and Peru. It was largely unknown to the rest of the world until very recently.
Since then, it has experienced a huge surge in popularity because of its high nutrient content and health benefits. It is also easy to grow in a range of conditions.
In fact, the year 2013 was named “The International Year of Quinoa” by the UN because of its valuable qualities and potential to fight world hunger.
Quinoa is also popular because it’s a gluten-free grain. This means people with celiac disease, wheat allergies or those who avoid gluten can consume it.”
Sounds nice and more fiber and protein than rice I believe.ReplyDelete
Thanks Margaret, it is something I hope to use more of :)Delete
I have never had quinoa! Not even sure what it is,maybe a grain?ReplyDelete
Hi Ginny, thanks for the question. It spurred me to make an added note on what quinoa is :)Delete
I use that jar with a lid trick for salad dressings too. It works like a charm.ReplyDelete
I haven't made much use of quinoa. I will have to experiment further.
Thanks Sue, I read it somewhere about the jar and thought what a clever idea :)Delete
Deve de ser delicioso.ReplyDelete
Um abraço e boa semana.
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros
Obrigado, agradeço seu comentário gentil. Um abraço e uma boa semana contínua para vocês também :)Delete
We tried it and my better half doesn't like it...ReplyDelete
Same here Jenn, not everyone's cup of tea :)Delete
Delicious, right up my alley. :)ReplyDelete
Great, thank you Martha :)Delete
I would try this if someone made it but Bob would not. have never had QuinoaReplyDelete
Hi Sandra, it is only something I have been making in the last year or so :)Delete
I don't think I have ever eaten quinoa. Might try this recipe some day. Looks interesting.ReplyDelete
I hope you like it Gigi. If you enjoy grains you may enjoy this one :)Delete
Looks real good.ReplyDelete
Thanks Ellen :)Delete
Sounds delicious, I should try this although hubby is suspicious of quinoa.ReplyDelete
Thanks Christine, we have kindred spirits in our household :)Delete
I like such dishes very much. I will prepare myself such a salad. Have a nice week:)
Greetings Lucyna, I hope you enjoy this salad. You have a nice week also :)Delete
I make a quinoa salad too, but this looks even more delicious! I throw quinoa into our chicken soup also.ReplyDelete
I will try that chicken soup idea Kay, thanks so much :)Delete
I've never had quinoa.ReplyDelete
Hi William, if you do try it I will be interested in what you think :)Delete
That looks good Denise! There's a sports bar franchise that is pretty close to where we live in Florida and they actually make a good quinoa salad since I'm not a hamburger fan I really like having the alternative tro order when we end up there with friends or after shopping. The first time neither I nor the waitress knew how to pronounce the grain!ReplyDelete
Thank you Sallie, I always pronounced it as it sounded, for a couple of years, kwinoah ;) It took our son to tell us the correct saying, thanks to his sweet wife I believe.Delete
Quinoa seems to be gaining in popularity ...ReplyDelete
Many thanks for sharing the recipe.
All the best Jan
It is isn't it? You are very welcome Jan and all the best to you too :)Delete