Quinoa Salad with Grilled Zucchini

Quinoa Salad with Grilled Zucchini

Quinoa is an ancient super food well known to the vegetarian world. The grain-like seeds that pop between your teeth are packed with protein, fibre and minerals. This dish was inspired by one of my favourite summer salads — a similar version made with couscous — and gave me the opportunity to test out my new grill pan!

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa
1/2 medium onion
2 cloves garlic (or more to taste)
1 red chili
A couple sprigs fresh thyme
Olive oil
2 cups water or stock

1 red bell pepper
Sun dried olives
Flat leaf parsley
Green onion
Ground Cummin
Lemon

1 medium zucchini

Finely chop the onion and cook in olive oil until soft. Add minced garlic, chili and thyme and cook for another minute or two (for the love of god do not burn the garlic). Add the quinoa and cook another minute to toast. Season as you go; keep in mind that if you cook the quinoa in stock you will need less salt. Add two cups of water or stock and cover. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 10 or 15 minutes.

Heat grill pan. Test pan temperature and effectiveness by cooking a veggie dog. Eat it with Trinidadian Geeta Green Seasoning (available at Superstore). Drink one can of Diet Coke. 

Quarter red pepper, remove stem and seeds and grill skin side down. Cook until the skin is black and flesh softens. Remove from pan and put in a paper bag (the steam will help separate the skin from the pepper). Slice the zucchini in fairly thick pieces; rub with a bit of olive oil and season. Grill until tender.

As the quinoa finishes cooking, peel and dice the peppers, chop flat leaf parsley and green onion, pit olives. Once quinoa is tender, fluff with a fork and add a couple teaspoons of cumin, the juice of one lemon and the remaining ingredients. Season again and serve with a drizzle of olive oil and the grilled zucchini. Take a picture and put it on your food blog (optional).  Makes enough for four and the leftovers are equally good in a pita with greens and sour cream!

2 Comments

  1. nicole says:

    Most excellent grilly marks!

  2. todd says:

    Grilled veg are pretty huge around Gronsdahl acres

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