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quinoa salad
quinoa salad

Grilled Vegetable and Toasted Quinoa Salad

  

January 26, 2018

This was a salad I originally came up with this past summer for one of our Friday Night Steak Club events out on the grilling deck. Quinoa has been hailed as a "super grain" due to the facts it has almost twice as much fiber as most other grains and contains all 9 essential amino acids. The quinoa is toasted and then cooked in some beef broth which ends up with an incredibly savory umami flavor. Vegetables are simply grilled and rough chopped to go into the salad. Feel free to use whatever vegetables that happen to be available and good quality in your area.

  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yields: A big old platter of yummy salad

Ingredients

2 cups quinoa

1 shallot, minced

6 cloves garlic, minced- divided in half

1 T olive oil

4 cups beef broth

1 t salt

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

1 each red pepper, green pepper, yellow pepper- stem and seeds removed, cut into large pieces

1 large red onion- peeled and sliced into ¾ inch discs

1-pound Brussel sprouts, stemmed and cut in half

3 portabella mushrooms, stems removed

1 bunch asparagus- white tips removed

1 large zucchini- cut in in thirds lengthwise

1 large yellow squash- cut in thirds lengthwise

2 t minced fresh rosemary

2 t minced fresh thyme

2 t hot red chili flakes

3 T Olive Oil

Kosher salt

Black pepper

Directions

For Quinoa:

1Rinse the quinoa: Measure 2 cup of quinoa and place into a fine-mesh strainer. Rinse thoroughly with cool water for about 2 minutes. Rub and swish the quinoa with your hand while rinsing. Drain.

2Toast quinoa in saucepan (optional): Heat a drizzle of olive oil in the saucepan over medium-high heat, and add the garlic and shallot. Allow to brown slightly then add the quinoa. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute to let the water evaporate and toast the quinoa.

3Add liquid and bring to a boil: Stir in 4 cups of broth and the salt. Bring to a rolling boil.

4Lower heat and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Turn heat down to the lowest setting. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.

5Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes: Remove the pot from heat and let stand for 5 more minutes, covered. Don't peek!

For the Grilled Vegetables

1Place all the veggies in their own mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic, garlic, rosemary, thyme, chili flakes, salt and pepper. Toss to coat veggies evenly.

2Preheat grill to medium high. Place the veggies on the grill and allow all to cook until tender. A little char is Ok and will add to the flavor.

3Remove veggies from grill. Allow to cool before chopping into bite size pieces.

4Combine chopped grilled vegetables and quinoa in a large bowl. Drizzle with additional olive oil and adjust seasoning. You may want more balsamic to brighten the salad.

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