It's warm, it's flavorful, it's a salad – Warm quinoa salad, with cannelli beans, carrots and cauliflower with a four herb salsa
C’est tiède, c’est plein de saveur, c’est une salade – Salade tiède de quinoa aux carottes, cocos, chou fleur et salsa aux quatres herbes
Today I said goodbye to my long time and faithful friend, my VW Golf I had for over 10 years, and that over the years turned into an old lady. I gave it to a charity and I have to admit that when the tow-truck came pick it up, I was somehow sad. I know it’s just a thing, and I should not get attached to material, but still, it was the first car I got in the US and I was somehow attached to it. We went through some good and bad times together. I did not feel comfortable selling it, since the steering wheel was really hard to manoeuvre and I stopped driving it for a month, fearing it would break down in the middle of the street…and many other things were wrong with it, so I figured I would give it to charity. C’est la vie, nothing lasts and things like people sooner or later quietly go.
OK, let’s not dwell on this, it’s just a car after all!
Let’s go back to the fun world of cooking, I love to play with quinoa, it’s delicious in soups, salads, taboule and any kind of side dishes. The great flavor comes from the herb salsa I made, which enhanced this whole salad.
- 1 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cauliflower
- 2 carrots
- 1 cup cooked cannelli beans
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 celeri stick
- 3 cloves
For the salsa
- 2 scallions
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 bunch parsley
- 1/2 bunch cilantro
- 1/3 bunch mint
- 5 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- a pinch chili powder
- salt and pepper
If you are using dried cannelli beans, they need to be soaked overnight in water, if you didn’t have any and don’t have time, you can use canned beans, but they don’t taste as good as the dried ones.
Cook quinoa by steaming it, like you would make steamed rice. Add double its volume of water, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a minimum and cover with lid. Cook for about 20 minutes.
If used, dried cannelli beans, cook them in water for about 30 minutes with 1/2 onion, 3 cloves, 1 celery stick, and 2 bay leaves. When cooked remove onion, cloves, celery, bay leaves, and drain beans.
Cut cauliflower in small florets, cut carrots in slices, then cut in half. Steam for about 10 minutes and set aside.
Mix the salsa ingredients in a mixer to make it into a smooth mixture.
When quinoa is cooked, place in a mixing bowl, add vegetables. Spoon salsa at the end and mix well.
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It’s so warm that I need to make salad, like yours. This looks delicious. I love quinoa. Oh non, your VW Golf is gone.
I too love quinoa, even in soups instead of pasta. Really it’s that hot? don’t you guys get some fog in the summer? we do in San Francisco and it’s never really hot in here. Gaspacho and any cold soup would be refreshing.
I love quinoa. If quinoa is only as cheap as rice, I would eat that everyday but they’re five times more expensive than rice. So, it’s an occasional indulgent.
awww…..what a sad story. U r probably still thinking abt it….I would. Hope ur food cheers u up. I love this dish….colourful & wholesome. I must try it. I hv not cooked quinoa before.
I still not tried quinoa but I will from next week onwards. Need to eat heathly. Been feeling quite sick lately.
Lovely salad I love quinoa, specially with all those aromatic herbs.
We just made a quinoa dish, too (with eggplant, of course). It’s one of my favorites, and your dish looks amazing. Now if we can just learn to pronounce quinoa… Thanks!
YUM. I do love quinoa. I’ve been telling friends to give it a try and not be scared, as it’s delicious! It’s a good alternative to rice or pasta, since it’s a whole grain, and still soaks up flavor much the same.
I have some quinoa I have been meaning to make. This dish sounds perfect! Wonderful flavors (as always)!
Oh this looks delicious – I’m definitely saving this recipe! Thanks!
What an amazing dish! I have no words except my favorite quote – “The Very Pink of Perfection!” My 5 year old, who is very good at eating veggies, but I didn’t think she would go for the quinoa – she tried it and loved it as well!
Many thanks for such a treat!