Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cauliflower, Green Beans, Peppers and Quinoa Salad

I haven't had quinoa in a while and seeing my depleting stock of vegetables, I made a big pot of quinoa with green beans, cauliflower and red and green peppers, flavored with sumac, sage, and black pepper. I did pop the beans and the cauliflower in boiling water for a minute or two. I did taste the beans raw and they tasted awful and the vegetable vendor explicitly said they can't be had raw. 

Cauliflower, Green Beans, Peppers and Quinoa Salad

Cauliflower, Green Beans, Peppers and Quinoa Salad


Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped green beans
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 green pepper/chilli
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 leaves of sage
  • 12-15 black pepper corns
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sumac powder
To make:
  • Chop up your vegetables.
  • Cook your quinoa in 2-2.5 cups of water for 15 minutes, along with the sage leaves and sumac powder.
  • In a pot of boiling water, cook your beans and cauliflower for 2 minutes. Drain into a pot of ice cold water to stop the cooking.
  • Add the vegetables to the qninoa and mix well.
  • Season with freshly ground black pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

    Cauliflower, Green Beans, Peppers and Quinoa Salad
    Cauliflower, Green Beans, Peppers and Quinoa Salad
    Cauliflower, Green Beans, Peppers and Quinoa Salad
    Cauliflower, Green Beans, Peppers and Quinoa Salad
    Cauliflower, Green Beans, Peppers and Quinoa Salad
    Cauliflower, Green Beans, Peppers and Quinoa Salad
    Cauliflower, Green Beans, Peppers and Quinoa Salad

19 comments:

lisaiscooking said...

I love the texture of quinoa in a mixed salad like this! The vegetables sound great with it, and the sumac is the perfect addition.

JL goes Vegan said...

That's a beautiful salad! I love the versatility of quinoa. Breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Kate @ Diethood.com said...

Looks so pretty! The quinoa adds a nice touch to this salad.

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

I love all dishes with quinoa! This looks lovely!

Cupcake said...

It does look pretty, especially with that beautiful bowl! Lovely!
Cupcake
www.thefamily-table.blogspot.com

Suchi said...

that's one tasty looking salad- loved the combo!

Dee Dee's Delights said...

So pretty like the others say. I want dig right in!

Evan Thomas said...

Mmm. I've never tried cooking quinoa with sage. Definitely keeping that in mind.

Chef Dennis said...

I am a quinoa convert, and your salad looks delicious with all of those lovely veggies! It was a wonderful way to stretch your veggies while making a flavorful dish!
Cheers
Dennis

sarah@thejoyofcleaneating.com said...

I love quinoa! What a great looking salad! Nice job.

Olivia said...

This looks so fresh and insanely delicious. I was also eyeing the pesto pasta down there too. Love pesto.

Amy said...

What a delicious and fresh sounding salad! I love quinoa filled with any kind of veggies!

the constant hunger said...

Gosh, this looks so incredibly healthy. I haven't had quinoa in a while. I need to make this, maybe add even a little crumbled feta. Thanks!

amy said...

WHY. HAVE. I. NEVER. SEEN. YOUR. BLOG. BEFORE.

aghh so good.

-amy:)

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Love the way you jazzed up the Quinoa salad.

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