Quinoa Salad: Warm Salad For Chilly Days

Quinoa Salad

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December has just started and the chill is setting in. Though the days are still warm but mornings and evenings are pretty cold asking for something warm and cosy. Hot soups are a great reliever and are looked forward to. At the same time, salads and that too, in the evening, are just not wanted. You may have an ice cream but not salad.

This is what happened last evening when my hubby came back from work. I asked him if I could serve him some salad and giving me weird looks, he straight away refused and demanded to have something hot only. And when I offered him a warm salad, he was amused and confused at the same time. Had a lot of questions about the salad but instead of answering any of those I just served him that salad and requested him to first devour it. He really liked it with the first bite only.

So, what was it actually? it was salad only. But unlike salads which are kept in the refrigerator, it was literally warm. I heated it before serving and thus was soothing in this cold weather. And if you are wondering if it was the first time I made it, then yes, you are right. The concept of a Warm salad was alien to me and was introduced to it by my sister in law, Ms, Archana Aggarwal. As I have mentioned in my earlier posts too that she is really a Salad queen. You go to her house, and there the starters mean at least one salad. Its surprising to see how every time she manages to put up something interesting and appetising as well.

Now, this Warm salad is made with Quinoa as the main ingredient. Quinoa is tossed with lots of veggies.

What is Quinoa? Quinoa is neither a grain nor millet. It is a seed and is a relative of spinach, beets and chard. Thus Quinoa is gluten free and is an ideal choice for people who are gluten intolerant.

Quinoa is a complete protein which means it contains all the 9essential amino acids which our body can not produce and thus need to come from food only. Other than protein, it is also rich in fibre, Vitamin B and iron.

Quinoa is available in more than 100 varieties but red, black and white are the most common ones. Of these also, white quinoa is the most popular one.

To make a quinoa salad, first of all, it is cooked. Now you can cook it in boiling water or pressure cook it. I prefer the latter method as it is quick and hassle-free. Thereafter, saute veggies and mix boiled quinoa to it. Adjust seasoning and that’s it.

This Quinoa salad is as good as a meal. You can have it with soup and that makes a meal especially for weight watchers.

If you like this recipe and try it out then let me know. Do share your feedback as it fuels my enthusiasm to post more good content. If you make it and post it on Instagram then dont forget to tag me #samirasrecipediary. I would love to see it there. And if want to save it for future then Pin it.

Some other Salad recipes which you may find interesting are:

Tabbouleh

Som Tam

Pasta Salad

Green Mango Salad

Now, let’s see the recipe of this quinoa salad in detail.

StepBy Step Pictures

First of all, wash Quinoa thoroughly using a fine mesh. Soak it for 10 to 15 minutes.

Now boil it. To boil it, take an equal quantity of water as Quinoa. Like here Since I have taken 1/2 cup  Quinoa so take 1/2 cup water only. Pressure cook it for one whistle.

When pressure settles down, open the PC and your Quinoa is ready.

Though it will be dry but in case you have some water in the cooker then keep the boiled quinoain the strainer for a while so that all extra water drips out.

In the meantime, in a wok, heat oil and saute beans and carrots on high flame for a while, till slightly cooked.

Thereafter, add peppers, broccoli. Again saute for 2 to 3 minutes.

Now add tomatoes, Jalapenos and Olives.

Lastly add boiled quinoa. Add salt, nutmeg and oregano. Toss nicely.

Add parsley or cilantro.

At the time of serving, warm it up. Sprinkle Pine nuts or almonds or any other nuts.

Serve with love, soup optional.

 

The recipe of Quinoa Salad…

Quinoa Salad

Have this  Warm Quinoa Salad to warm up cool chilly days. Gluten free, protein rich and good for all especially Weight Watchers and Diabetics

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Diabetics, Quinoa, Salad, Warm Salad, weight watchers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Samira

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Quinoa
  • 2 Cups Veggies (Carrots, Beans, Peppers, Broccoli etc)
  • Salt as per taste
  • A generous pinch of Nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Parsley or  Cilantro
  • Few Almonds/Pinenuts Shredded

Instructions

  1. First of all, wash Quinoa thoroughly using a fine mesh. Soak it for 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. During this time, chop veggies. I used carrots, beans, red pepper, yellow pepper, tomatoes, broccoli, jalapenos and olives. 

  3. Now boil it. To boil it, take an equal quantity of water as Quinoa. Like here Since I have taken 1/2 cup Quinoa so take 1/2 cup water only. Pressure cook it for one whistle. When pressure settles down, open the PC and your Quinoa is ready.

  4. In the meantime, in a wok, heat oil and saute beans and carrots on high flame for a while, till slightly cooked.

  5. Thereafter, add peppers, broccoli. Again saute for 2 to 3 minutes.

  6. Then add boiled tomatoes, Jalapenos and Olives.

  7. Lastly, mix in boiled Quinoa. Add salt, pepper and oregano. Toss nicely. Add parsley or cilantro.

  8. At the time of serving, warm it up. Sprinkle Pine nuts or almonds or any other nuts.
  9. Serve with love, soup optional.

Recipe Notes

 

  1. Take Quinoa and water in 1: 1 ratio, that is both in equal quantity.
  2. Saute veggies on high flame only so they retain their crunchiness. Also, keep them crunchy only not fully cooked.
  3. Nuts are added to give a crunchy taste. 

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