Thursday, January 22, 2009

Quinoa Salad with Pine Nuts, Cilantro and Green Chiles

This recipe title could be A LOT longer than it already is. It could be Quinoa with Pine Nuts, Cilantro, Green Chiles and Green Onions with Lemon Garlic Dressing. But that is just ridiculous.

Haven't tried quinoa yet? You should. It's a new year and a new you. You should implement more grains into your diet and you know I'm right. The truth hurts, sorry.

2 cups quinoa, rinsed very well
1 tsp kosher salt
4 cups water
2/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 4 oz can diced green chilies, drained
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
A few grinds black pepper

In a medium saucepan, add water and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add quinoa. Cook uncovered until most of the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is sputtering, about 10 minutes. Turn heat to low and simmer until all liquid is evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and scoop quinoa into a bowl. Set aside and cool.

Heat a small skillet over high heat. Add pine nuts and toss lightly until toasted. Pour onto quinoa. Add green chilies, cilantro and green onions. Stir to combine.

Combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Pour over quinoa and stir well. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Yields 6 servings.


My crazy crazy life said...

What does quinoa tastes like? I see a ton of recipes that calls for it but it sounds and looks weird.

My crazy crazy life said...

BTW, where do you get your ideas for recipes?

Sweet Pea Chef said...

Whit-Looking for a quinoa recipe to try next week. Leaning toward this it your favorite, or would you go in a different direction?

I have never cooked the big Q before, so I am seeking out your advice...