Skip to content

Summer salad

June 7, 2010

I’m making this salad all summer long. Please don’t stand in my way (directed at the feta police). I used to make a variation of this salad years ago, but used: cilantro, carrots, red onion, tomato, cucumber, napa cabbage and then tossed with sesame garlic Sass dressing and soba noodles swirled in. Sometimes I would omit the soba noodles and added a sprinkle of sesame sticks on top. That was a great cold salad. But now there is a new salad in town.

This salad as a tribute to my new-found love…of Quinoa. Yes Quinoa, my favorite grain at the moment. Quinoa cooks quickly, fluffs like couscous and has more protein than rice. It is good cold , as a standby for rice, when rolled into sushi or warm tossed with almonds, raisins and basil…but don’t stop there. I didn’t. I made a wonderful chopped salad  (with Mediterranean influence) then added cooked Quinoa to it. It was wonderful last night with grilled lamb and great today for a pre-hike snack. You may have had this salad before already and if you haven’t you may want to make it. It is really that good. Which is why I have featured 3 pictures.Excessive delight, I know.

Summer Salad when the Mediterranean is too far…

Cooked Quinoa

Sliced grapes


Cherry tomatoes



Lemon juice, Olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, salt pepper



Yellow pepper

Toss all ingredients together and add dressing.

Use as much or as little of the ingredients you want.

It is summer.It is hot in many places. The markets are bountiful with fresh herbs and vegetables and this is a celebration of that bounty. And of Quinoa. And of Feta. Enjoy!

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: