Monday, April 19, 2010

Quinoa Salad with Mandarine Oranges and Capers


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

Ingredients

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.

Directions

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!

27 comments:

Joanne said...

I love quinoa! It is one of my favorite "weird" food discoveries (although it's not so weird in the blogger world...just to my parents). This salad looks excellent! So healthy and delicious.

biz319 said...

I love quinoa too - only I discovered I don't like it cold - only hot, like in lasagnas and stir frys.

Just about 90% of what I eat today I never even touched five years ago!

Mary said...

Teresa, this is a really nice recipe. I'm really fond of quinoa and should make it more often. I stopped by to say hello but started to read the posts below. I stayed far longer than I planned. I'll be back often to see what you've been cookin'. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Pam said...

I love quinoa. I love the added mandarine oranges and capers.

The Blonde Duck said...

Down here, they pronounce it the way you did!

Jenn said...

Quinoa is one of the things I've been needing and wanting to try for a while. I've been seeing it around quite a bit, too.

Diana's Cocina said...

We enjoy quinoa. I don't make it often enough. This is a must try.

A Year on the Grill said...

thanks for the post... i have missed the boat on this, but will give it a try when I get a chance

Stacey said...

K I for sure have never heard of that. But your pic makes my mouth water. I think I'm going to try making that. (first I'll have to find out where to even find quinoa :)

Barbara Bakes said...

I am new to quinoa this year too. I need to get more creative with it. This sounds delicious.

Burp and Slurp~! said...

I've tried quinoa before too, but never really grew used to it...it's just so...tiny! And it has a fishy taste. I wish I liked it though, bc its nutritional stats is stellar!

Deborah said...

I need to eat quinoa more often, and this sounds like a great way to eat it!

桂竹桂竹 said...

一個人最大的敵人常是自己。......................................................

Erica said...

Seriously! Blog world rocks- I've learned about so many great products & foods I never would have found out about without it. The quinoa salad looks super tasty. <3 mandarine oranges. Hope you're having a nice week thus far

Kim said...

I agree with you about being introduced to new foods through blogging. I've only had quinoa, an Ellie Krieger breakfast recipe, but I would love to try it as a salad like this recipe. Looks great!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I haven't had quinoa yet! But I see it everywhere. The salad looks great! I really need to try it.

Barbara said...

I've never cooked anything with quinoa, but it sure is all over the food blogs! Had no idea how to pronounce it.
I was about to say I thought it looked like tapioca when I read you agreed! This looks like a great recipe and I definitely will look for the Boar's Head product.

I love experimenting with new grains so this one will be next on my list!

Alissa said...

Wow! You came up with that?!?! Sounds amazing! Mmmm! and that sauce with peppercorns & dijon?! I need some of that, I bet it tastes soooo good!

mr. pineapple man said...

yum! looks delicious!!

SNOWCONE HUBBY said...

This looks so yum!
Stephen
http://snowconecooks.blogspot.com/

Lara said...

I just bought some quinoa for the first time and was looking for a good way to try it out. This looks perfect!

Erica said...

I KNOW! How amazing is le cruset? I don't even own one piece. There is a le cruset store in downtown charleston... I ow and ah as I walk by it ;)

Sook said...

I still haven't tried Quinoa but I'm gonna go get some this weekend. This salad looks amazing!

Debbie said...

I've never had quinoa but this does look good!

Katy ~ said...

Grins. I said it the way you used to also. Keen-Wah. Well, now I'll have to remember that and not embarrass myself in enlightened company.

Sweet and Savory said...

I have not yet tried quinoa in a salad. Thanks for the opportunity to try it.

Simply Life said...

I love quinoa and that looks like the perfect mix!