cucumber & tomato quinoa salad
Cucumber & Tomato Quinoa Salad a healthy and filling dish that is so simple to make.
Totally didn’t pronounce it right the first time I saw this. I thought it was KIN-NO-AH. I’m special :)
Remember about a month ago (if you follow me on Twitter) I frantically tweeted the following: “For the life of me, I can not find quinoa.” and then “asked 3 store managers and they all looked at me and said, what? Can you repeat that?”
And this is why I love all you food bloggers out there. A ton of you tweeted me back and told me to go to TJ or Whole Foods. Now why didn’t I think of that before? Probably since I pushed my shopping cart around in circles for 40 minutes around the store that I was too dizzy and dazed to even think to go to TJ/Whole Foods/World Market.
Well, alas, I found a bag of quinoa and my search for the maggot looking grains ended. Yes, I said maggot looking grains. Here’s a fun story: when quinoa first burst onto the foodie scene, I was so grossed out by it. I wondered why every freaking person wanted to cook with it. I thought it looked DISGUSTING. I mean, the grains spiraling out of their “casing” or whatever. It looked like a bunch of maggots to me. I refused to try it even though I knew it was a super food and it was super healthy for you.
Fast forward a few months and I gave in. I figured I can’t be a food blogger/foodie if I don’t at least try something once. And so I proved myself wrong. As gross as it looks, it’s so yummy. I love the barley scent it has and how super easy it is to whip up and how VERSATILE this grain is. You literally can put it into anything and you have a healthy meal — well, unless you decide to deep fry it. Since it’s so versatile, and because I was craving a tomato & cucumber salad, I thought to make it more into a meal, I’d add quinoa to it. What a great decision :) It’s both healthy and filling & won’t kill your waist line!
Posted on February 10, 2012