So, I had the best salad this weekend.
For some time now, I have been eating according to the Eat Clean philosophy. Basically, this means, no sugar, low fat, and no refined or processed foods. It also encourages you to eat 1/3 lean protein and 2/3 complex carb for each meal.
I have not always stuck to the Eat Clean rules for every meal, but the philosophy has stayed with me in my choices for meals for my family.
So, when my daughter found this recipe and wanted to make it for supper the other night, I could not refuse. It was quick, simple and delicious. We ate it as a complete meal and it was more than satisfying.
The recipe is as follows:
Ingredients (2-3 servings)
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp orange juice, divided
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (see note below if you'd rather use whole grain couscous)
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped into 1/2" chunks
2 cups chopped English cucumber
2 tbsp finely minced parsley
2 tbsp finely chopped mint
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Rinse quinoa under running water in a fine mesh strainer.
Transfer it to a small saucepan with the water and 1/4 cup orange juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and allow it to cook, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. By this time, all liquid should be absorbed.
While the quinoa cooks, toast the pine nuts in a small pan. Heat the pan over medium heat, then add the pine nuts and dry-fry them until they develop small golden marks on the sides. Shake the pan often to avoid burning.
Set the quinoa aside, or in the fridge, to cool while you prepare the rest of the salad. Chop the cucumber and yellow pepper, and mince the parsley and mint.
Combine the quinoa, pepper, cucumber and herbs in a large bowl and toss.
Whisk together the olive oil, white balsamic, and remaining 1 tbsp orange juice. Drizzle it over the salad and toss again to coat. Season to taste with black pepper and sea salt if desired.
Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and garnish with parsley. Allow the salad to sit for at least 15 minutes to let flavours develop, then serve.
I do not usually post about the foods we eat, but this was one that I thought worthy of sharing.
Let me know if you decide to try it...