Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Salad

I originally wanted wheat berries to make this salad but the grocery store didn't have any so I decided to to try using quinoa instead. I'd been reading about how good quinoa is on a few other blogs recently & that peaked my interest to try it.
Quinoa & Roasted Vegetable Salad
The quinoa worked really well in this warm salad. It really has a wonderful texture which stands up nicely to the soft roasted vegetables & cheese. This is one of those dished that you could really do with almost any vegetables that are in season. You could also serve it either warm like we did or at room temperature. The beets were especially good in it & pair well flavor-wise with the feta, lemon & mint.

Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Salad

1/2 c quinoa
5 small beets, peeled & quartered
3 large cipollini onions, peeled & quartered
1 large summer squash, cut into large pieces
olive oil
kosher salt
1 t lemon juice
1 t red wine vinegar
3 T olive oil
salt & pepper to taste (go light on the salt if you have a salty feta)
2 oz feta
1 T fresh mint, chopped

Cook your quinoa according to the directions & set aside. (We used our rice cooker & it came out beautiful.)

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Put the beets, onion and squash into a small roasting pan. Coat with a little olive oil & sprinkle with salt. Roast in the oven until soft, about 30 minutes.

Whisk the lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper together.

Mix the roasted vegetables with the quinoa. Toss with dressing. Plate and sprinkle with feta and mint.

Serves 2 as a light meal or side dish

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9 comments:

Maria said...

Quinoa is so good, I love that you added in roasted veggies! Perfect!

Sara said...

Yum! I love quinoa and roasted veggies! I'll have to try this soon! Thanks!

Tangled Noodle said...

We must be reading the same blogs b/c I've had quinoa on my mind for the past couple of weeks! I finally bought some at Whole Foods. Your salad looks amazing - reading how well quinoa turned out for you, I look forward to trying it out!

Grace said...

quinoa rocks, and it looks so fun plastered upon those yummy roasted veggies. great dish, kat!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This does look good. I have half a box of red quinoa in the cupboard that needs to get used - roasted veggies sound like a good pairing!

Eleanor Hoh said...

I love red and original quinoa too but noticed red has more calories than original, umm? So light and fluffy even grown men will eat it. I served at a BBQ and movie nite with big hunky guys and they enjoyed it! What does this mean?

Lori said...

Nothin like some fresh vegetables, roasted with a nice grain. It looks healthy hearty and delicious.

Elle said...

Looks wonderful! I especially love that you added beets--good call. Love quinoa!

coleen~ said...

I used bulgar as that is what I had and it turned out quite yummy as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

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