Peppers, tomatoes and avocados are like stained glass
When my sister Sharon and I were recently engaged in food talk, the dish she shared was her Quinoa Salad. Quinoa isn’t on my Bucket List but it should be since I have never tried it before. I have wondered about how it tastes and how to use it. It has some amazing health properties. It actually eats like a grain but it is a relative to leafy greens like spinach and Swiss chard. It’s high in protein and has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a nutty flavor.
After visiting the Gauguin exhibition at the National Gallery in Washington, DC which is open until June 5, 2011, this dish reminds me of the vibrant primary and secondary colors used in his works. And when diced and placed over the canvas of quinoa, it looks like a beautiful stained glass window. But don’t stop at the artistic presentation because this simple recipe tastes fabulous. Sharon explained that when she prepared it for her daughter and son-in-law who were visiting her, they loved it so much they asked for the ingredients for Christmas. The quinoa and the Greek dressing, which has a dill background, store well. Don’t pass up the chance to use the dressing on a garden salad or over a bowl of diced cucumbers.
Recipe: Quinoa Under Stained Glass
Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 15 Minutes | Yield: 4 servings | Level: Easy
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- ¼ tsp salt
- yellow peppers, cut in 1/2 inch squares
- avocado, diced in 1/2 inch cubes
- English cucumber, peel on and diced in 1/2 cubes
- tomatoes, diced in 1/2 inch cubes
- green onions, sliced
- crumbled feta
- Trader Joe’s ‘Greek Style Feta Cheese Dressing’
Instructions a pot. Bring to a boil then simmer for about 15 minutes.
1 Place quinoa, water and salt in a rice cooker or
a pot. Bring to a boil then simmer for about 15 minutes.
2 In the meantime, prepare vegetables.
3 To serve, scoop a serving of quinoa on a plate. Top with a mix of vegetables and some cheese. Drizzle with Greek dressing.
Trader Joe’s Greek dressing is dill with feta cheese. Try a homemade dill and feta dressing.
Quinoa – It is similar to a grain but it is actually the seed of a plant that is related to beets, chard and spinach. The seeds are rich in amino acid and very nutritious. Cooked seed are fluffy and creamy, yet slightly crunchy. They have a delicate, nutty flavor. The World’s Healthiest Foods.
- Exchange quinoa for brown rice.
- Exchange feta for grated Parmesan cheese.
Inspiration – Sharon Larson and Trader’s Joe’s
Cook with Sauces
Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: May 12, 2012