Saturday, March 28, 2009

Quinoa Salad

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The food blogs all seem to be about quinoa these days! Quinoa! Quinoa! Quinoa! I admit to not being a big quinoa eater. I blame this on my years of healthfood store employment. The particular store where I worked served lunch to its employees every day, which was usually wonderful. We all took turns on lunch duty and there were just a few hardcore healthfoodists who put me off certain ingredients by making the kind of food that gives eating healthy a bad, bad name. Gigantic loaf of kasha covered in unseasoned, pasty mashed sweet potatoes? Sorry, not for me.

Quinoa was one of those things that I grew to dislike because of the way it was served to me. Dry, flavourless, and cold. Ugh. However, lately with all my blood sugar problems I have been on a quest for great foods to eat throughout the day to keep me feeling steady. And something inside me was calling for quinoa.

I made this salad based on the recipe that Post Punk Kitchen Isa made when she was being interviewed by a man who managed to act like everyone's clueless, meat-eating uncle.

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Quinoa Salad

1 cup of dry quinoa
2 cups of water

1 cup edamame (shelled)
1 cup corn
1 cup black beans
1 small tomato, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 cup cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the quinoa like you'd cook rice (boil two cups of water, add quinoa, turn down heat, cover and ignore) and then leave it to cool. If you are impatient (like me) put it in a mesh strainer and rinse it with cold water.

Mix all other ingredients with quinoa and mix everything well. The flavours will be nicer if this gets to sit in the fridge for a while and then served. Serve on lettuce leaves to be fancy.

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Some Notes:

-We ate this with some grilled (until they turned to mush, oops!) tomatoes, and some herb and garlic scones from The Scone Witch. Everything was delicious. The Scone Witch could become a dangerous habit if I was in that neighbourhood more often.

-In the past few weeks I have been to two fairly fancy restaurants (with family) in Ottawa and both times the key vegetarian menu option was an open-faced roasted vegetable sandwich. I like roasted vegetables as much as the next person, but for restaurants (both!) who announce on their menus that they seek out local organic ingredients, you'd think there could be a bit more thinking outside the box. Our lunch today was nice, but that was because of the company and atmosphere, not really because of the creative food options. Other ottawegians? Any comments?

-I am still thinking about scones.

J.

6 comments:

miss v said...

i'm totally all about this! i have yet to find a way i like non-warm quinoa (although this could be warmed)... yum!

Vegan_Noodle said...

I <3 quinoa! That salad is so colorful!

A_and_N said...

I see Quinoa every week at the Farmer's market here but its a touch too expensive :( We buy couscous instead. The salad looks quite vibrant :)

raino said...

that looks awesome! thanks for the recipe.

Aimée said...

Beautiful colors in your salad!It's a nice reminder that spring is on the way.

allularpunk said...

want. those. scones.