Eat this herbed quinoa salad for the perfect taste of summer.
A few weeks ago, I was convinced that summer had finally hit the UK. We had something like three whole days of sunshine in a row. Yeap three whole days is a pretty good sign right?
So yes you guessed it, we hit the BBQ, the beach, we indulged in ice lollies, we went for walks AND I even laid out on the sun lounger and read and entire book in the sun. Coming from an African, this is a pretty big deal. Yes, I was in full on summer mode. For a WHOLE THREE days. You can see how this story is going to end right?
Yeap, rain the whole week after that including on the Miss N’s sports day. Oh the fun of watching sports, in the chilly drizzle, on a soggy muddy field. Kids loved it though.
Luckily, the British weather has nothing on my determination to pretend that it is the summer. So I have been indulging in my summer time herby quinoa salad. It is simply quinoa chockablock full of fresh herbs, vegetables like cucumber, radishes and sweet peppers, all drizzled with some balsamic vinaigrette.
Honest, I eat this herbed quinoa salad, I close my eyes and I see and feel the sun in my mind. At the end of the day that is all that matters.
For more grain salad ideas check out this chorizo, pumpkin and spinach giant couscous salad from Kavey Eats, barley salad from Foodie Quine, quinoa and watercress salad from Tin and Thyme and a warm rice and quinoa salad with pan frief tofu from FabFood4All.
- 150 g (1 cup) quinoa
- 8 cherry tomatoes quatered
- 6 radishes chopped
- ½ red pepper bell, deseeded and chopped
- 4 spring onions scallions, sliced
- Half of a small cucumber deseeded and chopped
- 1 handful of chopped parsley
- 1 handful of chopped coriander
- 1 handful of chopped rocket arugula
- Balsamic vinaigrette dressing
- Cook quinoa according to packet instructions, let cool and transfer to the salad bowl.
- Add all the other ingredients (except the dressing) to the quinoa and mix.
- Add salad dressing to your taste, mix and serve alongside other summer goodies.
I would love to intro you guys to the newest tool in my kitchen aka the rice and grains washing colander from OXO. Yes it does what it says on the tin ie helps you wash your rice, quinoa, buckwheat, barley and more small grains easily and thoroughly.
I love quinoa and I cook it a lot. I am sure those of you who do the same know that you generally have to wash it thoroughly before you cook it. I normally do this through a muslin cloth as my average kitchen colander holes are big and the quinoa grains would just wash right through.
Well OXO have solved that and a few other issues with this colander with its features such as –
- The colander has holes designed to allow water to drain slowly to wash impurities and starch from grains.
- It cleverly allows the water to pool before draining to show when water is clear and grains are clean.
- The small, square holes help prevent tiny grains from falling through.
- It has extra drain holes in the pour spout which remove excess water and keep grains contained.
- It also has soft, comfortable, non-slip handles are perfect for shaking and pouring.
It sounds perfect right? Do pop over to the OXO website to find out more about the colander, which retails at £10, and other great products.
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