A Simple Summer Salad

I love quinoa and I love this quinoa salad.  It is so good on a hot summer day.

Make some quinoa according to package directions.  Use stock to replace the water if you want added flavor.

You can add all sorts of ingredients.  I used 1/2 diced red onion, 1 sliced bunch of green onions, diced cucumber, sliced cherry tomatoes and 2 grated carrots.

Add 1/2 cup of sliced kalamata olives, salt and pepper, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/2 cup of olive oil along with 1 teaspoon of honey. Add about 1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley and 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled.

Add the quinoa...this is about 2 cups.

Mix it all together.

This ring set and tamper can be used in so many ways.  It is from Curtis Stone and has four rings in different sizes.

Place the salad in the ring and tamp it down with the tamper.

Slide the ring off and you have a perfect mound of salad.  Drizzle with some balsamic vinegar glaze if you wish.  I did but I forgot that pic.


brokenteepee said…
Mmm, I love quinoa too. I thought the olives were grapes. I like grapes in salads and they are so good this time of year.
Anonymous said…
sounds wonderful and such a lovely presentation!Sorry your humid hot weather didn't break with the rain,
Anonymous said…
I really must remember to see if they have quinoa here too. I'm pretty sure they have it in the big cities but I'm not sure we have it around here.
The salad looks delicious!

Have a great day!
Anonymous said…
Sometimes I wonder how my brain works :-) We have several relatives to the quinoa growing in the wild here :-) they are considered as weeds :-)

But I sometimes use Chenopodium album as a substitute for spinach :-)

Guillaume said…
I could eat some right now.
Diane said…
That really sounds good. Diane
Nadine said…
Oh I think I know what I am having sometime this week. Looks so good.
Suzanne said…

I cant wait to try it!
A grocery store near me sells the most delicious curried quinoa -- yum yum! But I must confess that I'm not otherwise a big fan of quinoa.
Barb said…
That salad looks great!
My mouth is watering. This looks AMAZING. I LOVE quinoa.
Amanda said…
AWESOME!!! thanks for sharing :)
chickpea678 said…
I think my kids would actually eat this if I used a ring and tamper to make it into that cool shape! Sounds delicious, we love quinoa!
SharleneT said…
I came late to quinoa but was an instant convert. Love this salad and just happen to have the rings, so I'll be making this, soon. Hope your thumb is A-OK by now and you can focus on upcoming Halloween!
Carole said…
Lovely presentation. On my shortlist for a feature. Cheers from Carole's Chatter