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Quinoa Salad | A Mediterranean Delight |

Quinoa Salad

A quinoa salad is such an easy and great dish.  Either as a side or as the base for a full meal.  This quinoa salad is made in a Mediterranean style is bursting with flavour, yet is so easy to make!  you will see you can let your imagination free when working with an ancient grain like quinoa.

Old, Like Ancient Old

Quinoa and other ancient grains have really made comeback.  Personally, I adore all of them,  So healthy, basic, and present a perfect canvas on which to add flavour.   Quinoa is a very mildly flavoured grain, earthy and subtle It is happy to participate in quinoa salad yet not steal the show.

You will need a bit of fresh, some great feta and you are over halfway to a quinoa salad.

Quinoa Salad

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By Rick Britt Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 Cooking Time: 15

A Mediterranean Delight

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Quinoa
  • 1/3 cup Raw Carrot Pennies
  • 1/3 cup Cubed Cucumber
  • 1/4 cup sliced Jumbo Green Olives
  • 1/4 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 8-10 Cherry Tomatoes Cut in Quarters
  • 4 basil Leaves Chopped
  • Small Handful of Oregano Chopped
  • Two Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Instructions

1

Quinoa preparation.

2

Put 1 cup of Quinoa in 2 cups of water. Bring to a vigorous boil. reduce heat to a simmer and cover 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool.

3

Gently stir all the ingredients into the cooled quinoa.

4

Season to taste.

5

After dishing drizzle the top with olive oil and a fresh basil sprig on the side.

If you are looking for a light side with the main course try our Herb Roasted Lamb |You Won’t Eat Better Than This |

Wine Matching

We’d been especially keen to try Assyrtiko, sought out for its crisp citrusy notes and hints of jasmine, sometimes even with a slight touch of salt.  Its bone-dry profile cuts through the oiliness in many traditional Greek and Meditereanean dishes.

We also loved the Agiorgitiko (St George’s grape) wines. The ones we tried were deep-coloured and rich in flavour and a marvellous match with slow-cooked lamb. Some wines are available from Naked Wines.

 

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