Thursday, May 27, 2010

Quinoa Salad

This is easy peasy and oh-so fresh and delicious. It's a great {and versatile} summer salad and I REALLY love the taste of quinoa (pronounced "Kin-wah" not "Qwi-noh-ah" like I was calling it for months!). It's slightly nutty and apparently a source of protein. Who knew?

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water
1 zucchini, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1+2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp fresh parsley

Rinse quinoa by running water over grains in a pot. Drain and add two cups of water and some salt to the pot.
Bring the water to boil. Simmer until water is absorbed (about 10-15 min).
In a frying pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Add chopped bell pepper and saute for 5 min on medium-high heat. Add chopped zucchini, season with salt and pepper, and saute for 5 more min. Mix them with quinoa.
Add olive oil, lemon juice and parsley. Mix well and season with salt and pepper.
Taste and adjust the lemon juice and seasoning.

**can be served/eaten hot/warm or cold. I think it's delicious no matter how you eat it.

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