“Wait! There can never be too much quinoa!” That was just what you were thinking, right?
Well I love this new darling of the culinary world as much as the next person, but sometimes you just get tired of eating the same leftovers again and again – even if it is a super food!
It started out innocently enough with plans for a quinoa salad that I could munch on for a couple of days this week. I got my rice cooker out because that is how I cook my quinoa – it’s perfect every time.
I also had some leftover carrot and celery sticks, and some extra fresh herbs and cherry tomatoes in the fridge.
So I started a mirepoix:
When the veggies were softened, off the heat, I added: a pint of split cherry tomatoes, 2-3 tablespoons of chopped basil, 1 jar of capers, (3.5oz -drained) 1/2 cup of fresh chopped parsley, the juice and zest of 1 large lemon and 1 tablespoon of Herb de Provence seasoning.
Looks good just as it is right?
I mean personally I could stop right there and eat this by the spoonful. Or on toasted bread or mixed with pasta. Or with a can of white beans. Which is exactly what I added because I thought that might really give some “heft” to this salad. Again, at this point with the beans added, you had a complete meal all done. You could just stop there.
But I decided it would be terrific with my cooked and cooled quinoa.
All 6+ cups of it!!!
Why 6 cups?? Because as I was pouring out a dry cup of uncooked quinoa, I thought.. “why don’t I double it because it is great to have in the fridge to throw in stuff. Right?” So two cups of dry quinoa went into the rice cooker with 4 cups of water. Math not really being my strong point, I didn’t think about the fact that this would yield at least 6 cups of cooked quinoa.
So I ended up with a giant party-sized bowl of salad. It needed a little seasoning adjustment, salt, pepper-more lemon at the end because although the initial mix was super flavorful, it got a little diluted in the “sea of quinoa.”
My advice is next time use half as much quinoa or double the amount of the other stuff and invite 12 people over.
Check out a “winter salad” version here.