Thursday, August 25, 2011

Quinoa Salad w/ Zucchini, Feta, Currants & Dill



Now that I have discovered the benefits of quinoa, there's no stopping me.
My husband even thinks it tastes "pretty decent".

I actually got 4 free zucchini at the farmer's market yesterday, they were giving them away (they just keep multiplying), so I thought it was time I made this lovely salad.

This was an easy and tasty way to prepare quinoa. I used that gorgeous red quinoa for an interesting contrast, but regular quinoa is fine.

I used less dill than the original recipe calls for, I thought 4 tablespoons would be overpowering for my taste buds. I also omitted the toasted sesame seeds, cause I didn't have any!!

This was healthy and delicious and since I have been abandoning my gluten free friends lately (and you know who you are!), this can be on their menus too.



Quinoa Salad w/ Currants, Zucchini, Feta & Dill (adapted from 101 Cookbooks & the cookbook Ancient Grains):

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch green onions, chopped
3/4 teaspoons fine-grain sea salt
1 cup quinoa, well rinsed and drained
2 cups water
1/4 cup dried currants
1 lemon, juice and zest
2 small zucchini, grated on a box grater
4 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

feta cheese, crumbled for the top

Rinse the quinoa until the water runs clear and add it to the 2 cups of water in a heavy saucepan. Add the olive oil and a tsp of salt. Bring to a boil. Cover the pot and simmer for about 15 minutes until the little germ kernels show (the curly q's). Drain, if there is any water left and add to a large bowl.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the quinoa and taste for seasonings. May need a pinch more of salt.

The lemon zest and lemon juice is the dressing, no more oil is needed.
I added a bit of crumbled feta to the top and served this warm.



It was delicious!

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5 comments:

The Japanese Redneck said...

Glad ya'll liked it.

Joe said...

Stacey, you are no longer the tart queen (or queen of tarts), but the QUINOA QUEEN!
Salad looks good!

Joanne said...

I love adding the hint of sweet to savory dishes...those currants mixed in sound fabulous!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I need to get that gorgeous red quinoa, it's so pretty with the green!

Dana said...

I know you know this, but this is my kind of food! Henry? Eating quinoa? And liking it? How awesome!