Green Salad with Quinoa
Preparation time: 20 minutes for the quinoa to cook; about 10
minutes of work after that.
Yield: About 4 servings (easily doubled if you have a bigger
Cooked quinoa adds a lovely
texture—and a somewhat mysterious quality—to this easy
salad. It also adds a nice hit of protein.
Make the dressing first—right
in the salad bowl. Then gradually add the quinoa, lettuce and
optional accoutrements to the dressing, and toss from the bottom
up. It's not only efficient, it's a great method for distributing
the dressing quickly and evenly.
NOTE: You can cook the quinoa (Step
1) up to several days ahead.
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
8 ounced soft leaf lettuce„cleaned, dried, and cold
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Tiny cherry tomatoes
Shredded or julienned carrots
Alfalfa or radish sprouts
- DO THIS STEP AHEAD OF TIME. Place
the quinoa in a strainer and rinse under cold running water.
Transfer to a small saucepan, add 3/4 cup water, and bring to a
boil. Cover, turn the heat way down, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from heat, and fluff thoroughly with a fork to let heat
escape. Set aside to cool to room temperature. You may also chill
it until cold. .
- Place the olive oil, garlic, mustard, vinegar, and marjoram (or
oregano) in a medium-large bowl, and stir until well blended.
- Fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork to separate all the grains,
and add the quinao to the bowlful of the dressing. Stir until all
the grains are coated.
- Tear about a third of the lettuce leaves into bite-sized
pieces, add them to the bowl, and toss with long-handled salad
servers until the leaves are covered with the coated grains. Tear
and toss in the remaining lettuce in two more batches, including
whatever optional additions you might opt to add along the way.
Keep tossing until everything is evenly combined.
- Sprinkle lightly with salt and a little more heavily with
pepper, and toss one more time. Serve right away.