Monday, October 17, 2011

Red Quinoa Salad

Red Quinoa Salad

I've been researching this crazy super food, Quinoa, lately and I'm determined to incorporate it into our life.  It's not only high in protein, it's a complete protein. What does that mean? A complete protein supplies all nine essential amino acids. It's got a whole bunch of other good things but the real question is, can we make it taste good? Because if it doesn't taste good no one will eat it. 

I bought some Red Quinoa and dove in. It only takes about 20 minutes total to cook. I made it with vegetable broth instead of water. Once it was done cooking, I put it in a bowl and  added......

Cherry tomatoes, halved.
Toasted pine nuts.
Onion chopped.
Lots of garlic.
A couple tablespoons of olive oil.
Freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Fresh Basil and Italian Parsley from my herb garden.
A little salt. 

Here's the truth. Hubby walked in, looked at my Red Quinoa Salad and in a horrified voice asked, "What is this? It looks like something from the planet Zolderfron."
"Don't eat it yet! I have to add the herbs."
"Oooo I'm holding myself back."
"It's a super food. Tons of protein and extra goodness."

Once I finished the salad, Hubby (Mr. Snoopy Pants), walked back in and tried a bite.....then another.......then another. He won't admit it, but he liked it. 

I'm going to add a little goat cheese to it for lunch. 

Bon Appétit!


  1. I prepare Quinoa all the time but in a very different way than you. Once I asked Cashew why he wants to marry me and to list the reasons he loves me. The first reason out of his mouth was, "your quinoa." Men.

  2. Thanks SB!
    Shaboomy! If your getting marriage proposals out of it, please let us see the recipe!!!