Quinoa Salad Recipe (in Off-topic)

Lochnivar April 21 2011 12:58 AM EDT

so CC asked me for this, like a week ago...

Quinoa salad (my brother's recipe)

3 cups quinoa
6 cups water
2 cups trail mix (or your own mix of raisins & nuts, whatever.. dates are good)
1 cup dried goji berries (can be replaced with other dried berries, dried blueberries work)
2 lemons (zest & juice)
8 tbsp olive oil
7 tbsp white balsamic (don't use dark, trust me)
sprinkle of mint & cinnamon (1 teaspoon each, or to taste)
1 bunch of parsley
2 avocados

1.) Cook quinoa in water (like rice) and let cool
2.) Add balsamic, olive oil, and lemon zest & juice. Mix well.
3.) Stir in all fruit and nuts (goji + trail mix, or substitutes).
4.) Add finely cubed avocado and finely chopped parsley.
5.) Season with mint and cinnamon.
6.) Give it a final mix and enjoy.

This will make a pretty good amount so you may want to half the recipe. You can also add some sesame or sunflower seeds in lieu of nuts.

I don' think I have forgotten anything... feel free to ask questions.

Lochnivar April 21 2011 1:05 AM EDT

Oh yeah... keep it refrigerated. It'll keep for 3 or 4 days in the fridge so you don't have to eat it all at once.

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] April 21 2011 1:50 AM EDT

Do you leave all the dried things dry, or reconstitute them?

Lochnivar April 21 2011 1:52 AM EDT

Leave 'em dry... they'll soak up some moisture from the oil and balsamic.

Colonel Custard April 21 2011 3:03 AM EDT

Wow! Thanks, Loch! This looks spectacular and delicious. I'll definitely be adding it to my list of stuff I can make in large batches and then eat over a period of time.

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] April 22 2011 6:31 PM EDT

1. Veg stock instead of water = good thing
2. Too much fresh mint = bad thing
3. No nuts = bad thing
4. Little box of frozen pomegranate = good thing
5. Craisins = good thing
6. Underripe avocado = bad thing

Very pretty, very fragrant.

Pretty good, but my limited version definitely needed a salty, crunchy, roasted, chopped nut. Maybe even pistachios. It was way too "sweet and mushy" but there was a nut-allergy issue with the guest list. I used sunflower seeds, but they weren't crunchy enough and they were also unsalted. I even tried adding a handful of coarse sea salt, but it didn't help enough.

Probably could have benefited from chopped dried apricot -- a little orange and chewy would have been lovely.
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