Thursday, January 13, 2011

Italian Quinoa Garbanzo Salad

I recently cooked up a huge pot of garbanzo beans as well as a pot of quinoa. I have made two large batches of hummus that the children have devoured.

When I make quinoa I soak it overnight after rinsing it. I then sauté onion and garlic in a large pan until tender, adding salt and pepper to taste. I add the drained quinoa and some chicken stock or water. (make sure to season well with salt and pepper) Simmer for 15-20 minutes with the lid on and then let sit for awhile.

I try to make a huge pot of it to eat throughout the week. Here is one recipe that we love, well most of us love it. Winking smile

Italian Quinoa Garbanzo Salad

  • cooked and cooled quinoa
  • cooked and cooled garbanzo beans
  • diced onion
  • diced red bell pepper (any color will work)
  • diced cucumber
  • diced tomato
  • chopped black olives
  • feta cheese
  • opt. chopped fresh parsley and/or fresh basil

Dressing for Italian Quinoa Garbanzo Salad

  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • garlic powder, salt and pepper

Many vinaigrette recipes call for 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar or lemon juice. This is way to oily for my taste. I usually stick with 1/2 oil and 1/2 vinegar or lemon juice in this case. I mix the dressing separately in a jar to get the flavor right and then pour it all over the salad ingredients and mix. You will need a fair amount of dressing, as the quinoa will soak some of it up.

I wish I had taken a picture, it is really pretty. We had to fight some of the children off or they would gobble it all up. I make a delicious Mexican Quinoa Salad too. I’ll post that recipe soon. Might as well make a big pot of quinoa and have Italian one night and Mexican another!


Jenn said...

Sounds VERY yummy, but I sheepishly have to ask...what is quinoa?! :)

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

Oh, Jenn! I HIGHLY recommend getting quinoa into your diet. It is an ancient whole grain that is extremely high in protein. I think it is like double the protein in things like brown rice. It can replace protein in occasional meals and when beans are added, like this salad it is complete. I also make it as a side dish, a pilaf of sorts, therefore making less protein needed in the meal, therefore saving money ;-) Google it and you will find some great info! I buy it in bulk, it is much cheaper that way. Costco even has it! You will even find it at your local grocery store, well, depending on your store. Let me know if I can help with other ideas or finding it.