I call this a festival because it really looks and tastes like a festival of delicious vegetables, nuts and even beans!!
My love of red quinoa is because of my love of bulgur! Unfortunately, I can not digest bulgur easily and so I found that the closest taste to it is red quinoa!
You can make delicious salads, warm or cold, mixing it with anything in the pantry and fridge. One of the key elements is the sauce, recipe below.
After you wash several times and drain very well your quinoa (to get rid of the bitter taste), boil it in water like pasta, with some salt, for about 10 minutes, checking it frequently that it is not too soft and mushy or too hard to chew. Drain and keep it aside.
In Autumn, you can add already cooked (boiled or baked) vegetables. Here is how I do it in this post.
Here are some ideas to add to this delicious and nutritious salad:
- Celery stalks, chopped thinly
- Avocado, sliced into little cubes
- Tomatoes, sliced into little cubes
- Herbs like fresh mint, parsley and green onions, again very finely chopped
- Toasted nuts and seeds, my favorites are: pine nuts and sunflower seeds. Just place them in a pan and toast 4-5 minutes until they gain color and some crispness.
- If you like strong tastes, you can also add half an onion, chopped
- Colorful peppers, chopped into little pieces
- Cooked mung or red beans or lentils
- Half lemon's juice
- 3-4 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses sauce (nar eskisi in Turkish and you can find in Turkish or Middle Eastern shops/corners) or balsamic vinegar
- 4-5 tablespoons of extra virgin Olive oil
- Pink Himalayan or sea Salt
Add your sauce and mix well to cover it all and enjoy your quinoa festival!
Afiyet Olsun, Enjoy!