Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Favorite Quinoa Salad w/ Marcona Almonds, Arugula & Feta

I swear I make this quinoa salad once a week.
If I forget to make it, my husband even asks "are you making that good quinoa thing again?". I know, weird.
My, how things have changed.

It's a take on my famous farro and arugula salad from last year that is so good.

I like to use Marcona almonds in this recipe, they are so much tastier and richer than regular almonds. I buy them dry roasted, because they can be a bit oily otherwise (like the Trader Joe's brand.....too oily).

You don't really need to measure ingredients, just use a handful of this and that.

I don't always add in an avocado, only if I have one laying around.

All of the ingredients are chopped so it is more of a chopped salad.

The dressing is really good, and this never gets soggy. It's even good out of the fridge the next day and travels well.

I'm at the beach this week, and I made a big batch of it so I could eat it for lunch for a few days!

Favorite Quinoa Salad:

1 cup of quinoa, cooked as per package directions, and cooled
handful of kalamata olives, chopped
1 cup of arugula leaves, chopped
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
1/4 cup of Marcona Spanish almonds, chopped
1/4 cup of feta cheese, crumbled fine
ripe avocado, cubed (optional)

3 tbsp good olive oil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp honey
sea salt & pepper

Place all of the salad components in a big bowl.
Whisk together dressing with a fork in a small bowl.

Just before serving, pour dressing over the salad and gently toss.
Add in the avocado last, if using, so it doesn't get mushy.

Taste and adjust seasonings.

So good!



Ciao Chow Linda said...

You are eating so healthy lately, Miss Snacks. I know I need to do the same, and you've given me a combo I know I'd enjoy. Have you read about the controversy surrounding quinoa, and how the local populations in Peru, etc. can no longer afford it since it became a worldwide sensation?

Wuda B said...

I saw that article also today. Hopefully it will even out! Question - where can you get dry roasted Marcona almonds? I'm no where near NYC, but maybe Whole Foods? The ones I find are always in oil. LOVE your blog - cook from it all the time!

Stacey Snacks said...

Hi Wuda,
Yes, Whole Foods definitely has the roasted Marconas......but if you can't find them, Trader Joe's are fine (though a bit oily), and they have a hint of rosemary in them, very tasty.


Oui Chef said...

All I can say is YUM. Love salads like this that can feed you for a few days.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm obsessed with your farro salad, I make it often and the marcona almonds take it over the top! F.Y.I. I love the oily ones from WF's I'll have to try it with quinoa.

Jan Beaty said...

Delicious! This is the first time I've cooked quinoa. I love the combination of flavors. Thanks!