The nice weather has arrived in our little corner. Salads are what we are all in the mood to eat and everyone has their own favourites but today, I needed something different. A perfect time to experiment again with Quinoa, that super food. Last year I wrote about all the goodness attributed to Quinoa.
Marisa was visiting and I wanted to share with her my journey of getting a post ready for my blog. She said André loves quinoa, that health food stuff; just like his mom. She enjoyed helping me do the prep work and setting up for my photos. I go through my cupboard and sometimes I find the right prop to show off my recipe. She told me she would keep an eye out for me; she has the knack to find little treasures that many of us (me) overlook. I think I made a new blog friend but I know Marisa is not too fond of the computer; I still hope she will come and check me out now and then. This one is for you Marisa.
Easy Quinoa Salad
2 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 chopped garlic cloves
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2Ttablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Safflower oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper
1 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup red pepper diced
1/2 cup yellow pepper, diced
1/2 cup green onions chopped
1/2 cup chopped sugar snap peas
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup slivered almonds
In a mini processor, combine the basil, vinegar, and Parmesan cheese until the basil is pureed.
With the motor running, pour the oil through the opening and blend until smooth.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, pour into a small bowl, and set aside.
Rinse your quinoa in cold water. In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring quinoa and chicken broth to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 to 15 minutes. Cover, remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Remove lid, let cool and fluff with a fork.
In large bowl, combine quinoa, peppers,green onions, peas, cranberries and almonds.
Spoon on the vinaigrette and gently toss together. Taste to adjust seasoning.
I wanted to let you know this recipe works with any of your favourite ingredients; I used what I had in the house. If Quinoa is not your thing, give it a try using rice.
Louise from Month of Edible Celebration is hosting a Picnic Game that I will join. If you are a foodie you would love to read her; she has a wealth of information about of favourite thing….food. I will report back about this next time.
Thank you for reading me and taking time to comment.
Wishing a great summer; it’s finally here!