Monday, June 20, 2011

A Different Summer Salad

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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.


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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

019Butterfly chez Marisa.

Thank you for reading me and taking time to comment.

Wishing a great summer; it’s finally here!

Happy Cooking!


Chez André_0102André,Marisa and Dad in their back yard.


  1. That looks like a delicious and healthy salad!

  2. That salad sounds delightful, Rita. Thank you so much for mentioning the Picnic Game. There are still some letters left for anyone who still wants to "play." "See" ya at the picnic!!!

  3. I love quinoa. It is such a versatile ingredient. Your salad sounds delicious.

  4. Too uncanny..I just prepared a post on my daughter's quinoa salad for the future:)
    Thank you for this one..So good Quinoa is:)

  5. Rita, this recipe sounds delicious, although I have tried quinoa a couple of times, I can't seem to take to it, but I will give it another try with this recipe. It really is a superfood. xo,

  6. The salad looks great, so fresh and healthy, this would go over big with my family! I really need to try Quinoa.

  7. This is an amazing salad Rita and a beauty post! huggs, gloria

  8. Sounds very healthy. I have never had quinoa. Another thing to try!

  9. I love quinoa, I use it all the time, but this salad is amazing, I will try it soon, thanks for the recipe, and happy to hear your enjoy good weather!

  10. I've never tasted Quinoa, but I like the crunchy, nutritious additions in your salad. Dried cranberries in a salad always add a little zip. I need to try this. Thanks!

    Also, happy that nice weather has arrived! :)

  11. HI Rita! Thanks for visiting my blog and for the kind words. You have a lovely blog and this salad looks not only delicious but also nutritious, thanks for sharing, Chris

  12. Rita, This dish looks like a wonderful summer treat! Quinoa is my new go-to food these days; I absolutely love the struff!

  13. Rita, your salad sounds really good! I have quninoa in the cabinet and have never tried it so must make this. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Oh, Rita, that salad looks amazing. I love trying new salads in the summer because we just eat so many and I enjoy trying new kinds; or shall I say, I enjoy having my husband make me new kinds :) I think I'd really like the added flavors of cranberries; yum!

  15. I've never had quinoa! But any comments I see about it are positive. Looks yummy, I need to go look for some sold locally.

  16. great salad and your a star blogger Rita :-)

  17. Rita, lovely way to prepare quinoa, great recipe for Summer. Looks delicious with the dressing and the cranberries and almonds.
    Have a wonderful week :-)

  18. We love quinoa and it is so perfect for a summer salad.

  19. Awesome! I have quinoa that I just keep staring at in my pantry. I need to get my act together and use it. You salad is inspiring.


  20. I love Quinoa. Hopefully this recipe my family will also become fans. Thank you.
    It is so important to have a good relationship with your daughter-in-law.
    Claudette H.

  21. What a delicious and healthy salad. I know my family will love this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  22. I've been trying to use quinoa more often and this salad looks perfect for a warm summer evening.

  23. Beautiful salad Rita. I love quinoa salads, I think I like it better cold than hot. I shop with an eye out for props too. How helpful to have someone looking out for you :D I am still looking for that perfect little spoon :)

  24. I can't wait to give this a try. I just bought a giant bag of quinoa from Costco. :) But do you think it's super important to use Safflower oil? I wonder if I could use grapeseed instead?

    You rock sista!

  25. I have still not delved into the realm of quinoa but this sounds like a great way to start! All of the ingredients sound like they would be wonderful together.

  26. The look of it is wonderful! I love quinoa and you have no idea how hard is to get it here; great summer salad, a nice mix of ingredients for a very healthy meal!


  27. This is like an uber-salad! That list of ingredients is not for the faint of heart. Love it :)

  28. A very lovely recipe. I am glad you enjoyed the Jerry Lee Lewis video. He is such fun to watch!

  29. Quinoa is such a fun grain (?) ... I have a friend who has Ciliac's disease. Quinoa is one of the alternatives for a salad base that we use when we have harold to dinner. It reminds me of tabouleh when I use it with tomato, herbs, and salad dressing. Your salad looks delish!

  30. This looks so delicious and healthy! I'll definitely be making this! Thanks for a great recipe!

  31. What a delicious salad Rita! And great that you got to spend time with Marisa =)

  32. Quinoa is wonderful and I adore it in salads :) This is a beautiful salad Rita, and perfect for warmer weather alone or as a side :)
    I hope you are having a lovely week...

  33. I haven't a clue what Quinoa is but we DO love rice so think I will make this salad tonight.
    Then, next time I get to the store, I'll be sure to look for this unknown. :))
    Thanks bunches for the recipe.

  34. Rita, I love all of the vegetables in this. So healthy and delicious. I just happen to have a bag of Quinoa on my shelf.

  35. I'm catching up on blogs while unpacking and have copied this recipe. I have to do a few salads for a bridal shower next month and the quinoa salad sounds deliciously different!!


  36. Hi Rita,
    I have only ever made quinoa once and served it warm as a side-dish, instead of rice. It was at best...OK...nobody wanted seconds. I will try out your salad recipe. It may have hidden charms if served cold with that vinaigrette!

    I am so glad you had fun with Marisa. She is a wonderful person! Great memories of her and André's gorgeous garden...

  37. this does sound like a nice variation of a salad and good idea for a meal when it's so hot out. thanks for the recipe.

  38. Oh, this sounds like a terrific salad...and quinoa is so healthy for you, I'm always looking for new recipes. Thank you :D


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