You know that salad you’ve always got to have on hand, stocked in the fridge, or someone in the family just might have a meltdown? Yep, that is this salad.
I first dined on this salad at my favorite co-op market in Seattle many years ago, PCC Natural Markets. Not only did I work as a cheese specialist at PCC Natural Markets, but I also taught culinary classes at their IACP award winning culinary school, PCC Cooks, for four years. A fantastic group of professionals committed to our community farms, quality food and nutrition. I couldn’t have asked for a more gratifying place to work. I met the loveliest and most interesting people, including fellow chef’s, nutritionists and culinary instructors. Some are now dear friends – I love it when that happens!
This red quinoa salad was always served in the deli at my local PCC Natural Market. I never left the store without a medium container filled to the brim with this salad. Sometimes I’d hide it in the back of my refrigerator when I got home; so I could at least sneak a few bites before the rest of my family found it and devoured it.
I now live about 275 miles south of the nearest PCC Natural Market – so I make this salad at home. I snagged this recipe (called Red Quinoa Tabouli on the website) and ended up adapting it a bit to suit my family’s tastes. My family dubbed it the “Red Quinoa Lunch Salad” because that’s usually when everyone wants to eat it; at lunch.
My family has also been known to add extra ingredients like Italian salami, sweet peppers, bay shrimp, grilled chicken and on occasion Ranger Craig will toss it with some smoked salmon. However it’s served it’s nutty, fragrant, full of flavor and so completely satisfying.
Wishing you all a fantastic weekend. Don’t forget to move the clock forward one hour! I’m already feeling sleep deprived just thinking about it.
Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,
- 1 1/2 cups dry red quinoa, rinsed
- 2 1/3 cups water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 bunch green onions, sliced
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- Avocado slices for garnish
This recipe was slightly adapted from the PCC Natural Markets Red Quinoa Tabouli.