Friday, 13 April 2012

Quinoa salad

My efforts to eat healthily include me trying new stuff, such as quinoa (thanks Mr C for sending me the link to the YouTube vid!). This grain is marketed as "an alternative to rice or couscous" but unlike them it is also high in protein. It looks like sesame seeds when uncooked, but cooked it looks alien, a small translucent blob (the seed) with a spiral attached (the germ).

I've been attempting to cook quinoa so it is faintly palatable: it's kind of bland -- I've found chilli sauce really helps. (A friend says she uses soy sauce for flavour, which would also work...). Another friend was coming for lunch today and I wanted to make something a bit different as a salad. Searching BBC Good Food I found a few recipes for quinoa salads and, inspired, I decided to combine a few ingredients into my own Special Concoction Experimental Quinoa Salad.

Sog's Special Concoction Experimental Quinoa Salad

Serves 4 as a side

100 g quinoa, cooked according to pack instructions and well drained afterwards
(I don't like the way my pack says to cook quinoa. Next time I cook it I'm going to try the way I cook rice, which is to weigh it in a measuring jug and then cook in double the water [or stock]).

Feta cheese (about half a pack, or more if you really like it, crumbled)
About half a red pepper, roughly chopped
A small onion, finely sliced
An avocado, chopped or sliced
Olive oil (about 2 tbsp or a bit more)
White wine vinegar (just less than a tbsp, I reckon!)
1 tsp ground cumin
Salt and ground black pepper (a fair bit)

Mix everything together. Voila! A salad!

My friend liked it so much she took some home for her husband to try :)

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