Quinoa is a great grain, and a new favorite at our house. Inspired by a cold dish G recently got at the Glass House Cafe on U of M’s campus, I’ve been making this delicious salad involving quinoa, tomatoes, green onions, lemon juice and olive oil.
Glass House Cafe is a great option for people on U of M’s campus, providing tasty and fresh dishes that use locally grown and produced food as much as possible. I never get to eat there, as I’m no longer often on campus, so we decided to recreate this salad at home.
Quinoa is super easy to cook, and I’ve been loving stocking up in the bulk aisle at the grocery store lately -really makes me feel like I’m set in, stocked up, and ready for whatever winter nights throw at me (food-wise). Also been getting lots of lentils -nothing beats a gigantic pot of lentil stew, or last week’s attempt at daal. I have to use all that turmeric G’s mother gave us at some point! But back to quinoa -it has tons of protein, and you don’t have to soak it overnight or anything (unlike the chickpeas also obtained from the bulk aisle that are waiting to become chhole). And, because this quinoa dish is cold, it’s really easy to take to work, have as a snack before the gym, etc.
So here’s the recipe:
2 cups quinoa
4 cups water
2 roma tomatoes
half bunch of green onions
s and p to taste.
Cook quinoa in water, bringing to boil then reducing to simmer for about 15 minutes (so fast!)
Cool to room temperature.
Add lemon juice -squeeze over strainer to catch seeds -and olive oil (probably about 3 Tbs. but you can use your judgment -I’ve found measuring to be too much bother in cases like this. It’s good to develop olive oil intuition).
Add chopped tomatoes and chopped green onions (kitchen shears work well for the green onion and you can sing in your head: Kiiiiiiiiittttttcheeeeeeen Sheeeeeeeeears to the tune of Billy Shears and then finish the rest of the song in your head (or aloud): “What would you do if I sang out of tune…”)
Add salt and pepper.
Stir once more.
Now you have a delicious snack to power you through hours of shoe selling, textbook finding, YMCA going, karate-chopping fun. Truly a snack for a modern day superhero.