Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cool salad for a hot summer night

Greetings. It's your domestically challenged blogger here. You know, the person who gets freaked out by recipes and has to either call her mom or aunt when she's at the grocery store. Or approach the friendliest looking person to ask them to point her in the direction of a serrano chile.

Well, occasionally I do actually have some success in the kitchen. Especially when it involves very little 'cooking'. After all, it's summer - who wants to heat up their kitchen any more than necessary?

This recipes comes to us from my favorite grocery story chain in the Minneapolis/St Paul area, Lunds/Byerly's, and it features a very trendy ingredient that is super good for you: quinoa. Have you heard of this super food? It is a gluten free whole grain alternative that is so, so good. It's imported from South America and is pronounced "keen-wah." I have been able to find it in any grocery chain here in the cities - it's not something exclusive to a Whole Foods type of place.

Here's what the brand I buy looks like (excuse my terrible photography. I think I need to hire my uncle to take my food photos for me - he does such a good job on my aunt's blog! :)

I've had it with stir fry a few times, but decided to search for a salad recipe to bring to my mom's birthday dinner earlier this month. So I did a recipe search by ingredient on the Lunds/Byerly's website and voila! Quinoa Salad... Latin Style!

That hyperlink there will give you the recipe if you want to give it a shot. I am too lazy to type out the ingredients!

You start by cooking the quinoa - you can either cook it on the stove or use a rice cooker. The recipe calls for 1 uncooked cup with probably yield close to 3-4 cups when it's cooked? So this recipe definitely makes A LOT of salad. 18 1/2 cup servings actually, according to the recipe. So you might want to halve it? It does get better every day as the flavors combine, so is good as leftovers.

Here's the finished product! I love how of the citrus dressing gives it a tangy taste. I didn't have one on hand, but next time I make this, I will probably add an avocado. It went over really well with my family, too.

Have you had quinoa before?


The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Unfortunately my husband "hates" quinoa. Basically, because it's "different" than rice he's used too. But I am slowly introducing him to BROWN rice haha. Ughh.. He was such a picky eater when we started dating 6 years ago, that I am impressed with how far I've gotten him. I have no doubt that he will soon LIKE it. haha.. The salad looks good, I may make some for myself some day.. as he also does not like zuchinni.. (he so will soon)I am posting the recipe I made last night today, it's pork recipe and the first one I've liked besides bbq pulled pork!

Unknown said...

I am going to make this! Looks great!

Amber said...

Hmm, that does look good! I have never had quinoa before and I also didn't know it was pronounced "keen-wah" I've been prounouncing it like it looks "quinn-o" haha!

Joey said...

I've had quinoa before and enjoyed it, but I didn't get into having it regularly. This recipe looks much better than what I made

crystal said...

I love quinoa! We make it fairly often as it is a good substitute for a vegetarian. I usually use vegetable broth to give it more flavor. I like your salad recipe. I usually just add it to a normal green salad, thats really good too. I recently made quinoa stuffed peppers and they were awesome. I just made the quinoa and added some sauteed peppers, onions, garlic, and corn. Then stuffed the peppers and put them in a pan with about an inch of veg broth. It was yummy!!

Abby said...

That looks amazing! I am going to make it this week! I love Quinoa. Our new goal we have established is to branch out to a new world of "grains". Our diet is very heavily focused on Brown rice, brown rice, and more brown rice. So this will be a great start!

Mama Nastase said...

I'm so glad you posted this recipe! I recently bought some quinoa (I saw it on some "super foods" show), but I hadn't cooked it yet. I will definitely make it this weekend.

I always love new recipes, and healthy ones are a bonus!