I originally started this blog as a place to store tried and true recipes for my family. It didn't take long to discover how supportive and fun the blog community was and I became hooked! I rarely create my own recipes, but I still hope you'll enjoy the recipes that I find and tweak a bit.
I feel like I've learned so much through the food blog world. I've learned about ingredients and techniques that I didn't even know existed until now. Quinoa is one of those things. When I first heard about it, I didn't even know how to say it, I thought it was pronounced Ki-no-ah. Yeah...no. Turns out you pronounce it keen-wah. Well, however you want to say it, you should definitely try it. It's made of small grains that you boil and turn into just about whatever you want. They are small, soft and remind me of a cross between tapioca and wheat grains. It's also crazy healthy for you, and fun to eat!
I made this salad simply by pulling ingredients out of the frigde that I thought would be good together. It turned out to be so good, and I was also able to use my Newman's Own Balsamic Dressing that I got a few months ago. This salad was so clean tasting and refreshing with a lot of great flavors. I especially loved the contrast of the salty capers with the sweet mandarine oranges. This would be great for a BBQ or any get-together.
Quinoa Salad with Mandarine Oranges and Capers
2 cups of prepared quinoa (use directions on the box) 1 medium can of Mandarine Oranges 2 tablespoons capers 1/4 cup parsley, chopped 3 tablespoons red onion, or shallot, chopped 1/4 cup Monterey Jack or Feta cheese, chopped into small pieces 2-3 teaspoons Newman's Own Balsamic Dressing, enough to moisten entire salad.
Toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Keep chilled.
I served this alongside a BLT, one of my favorites! To kick it up a knotch, try this spread out...
It's a sandwich spread that is full of peppercorns, dijon and lots of fantastic flavor. You could use it on sandwiches, burgers, breakfast sammies, you name it. I'm not being endorsed in any way to promote this stuff, I just really happen to like it!