Quinoa tabbouleh | salpicon de quinua

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Quinoa
4 cups Water
3 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons Fresh lime juice OR lemon juice
2 mediums Ripe tomatoes; diced
1 medium Cucumber; peeled and diced
3 mediums Scallions with green; trimmed and minced
1 large Clove garlic; minced
1 Serrano or jalapeno chile (optional); seeded and minced
¼ cup Finely chopped flatleaf parsley OR fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup Chopped fresh dill weed OR mint
Salt and pepper; to taste
8 teaspoons Bulgarian or Greek feta cheese; crumbled or cubed
Kalamata olives; optional

GARNISH

QUINOA "TABBOULEH" or Salpicon de quinua is commonly served on a bed of greens and adorned with a whole array of garnishes, which may include wedges of hard-boiled eggs, little rounds of corn on the cob, capers, pitted black olives, cubes of a zesty Peruvian cheese akin to feta. This is a complete meal with a crisp bread like lavash or brushetta; serve fruit for dessert: fresh or pie.

PREP: Rinse the quinoa in a large bowl-strainer under cold running water, rubbing it with your fingertips until the water draining from the strainer runs clear. This will wash off any saponin, a naturally occurring soapy substance, that may adhere to the quinoa.

Bring the quinoa and the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the water has been absorbed and the grains are translucent, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer the cooked quinoa to a large bowl, allow it to cool to room temperature, and then chill it, covered, in the refrigerator, for at least 1-½ hours.

Mix together the olive oil and the lime or lemon juice in a small bowl.

Stir the dressing into the quinoa. Add the tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, garlic, serrano or ialapeno chiles, parsley or cilantro, and dill or mint and toss gently. Taste and season with salt and black peppers as needed.

Spoon the quinoa salad on large plates, and garnish.

SOURCES: L>atin American Cooking Across the USA (1997) Himilce Novas and Rosemary Silva (Knopf 0679444084) >phannema@... >MC-PER SERVING: 243CAL, 8.3G fat (29½% cff). 36.9g carbs >eat-lf Archive Jan 1998 INDEX: Appetizers Eat-Lf Grains Quinoa Salads Xtended-Prep Suggested Wine: fruity white

Recipe by: Latin American Cooking Across the USA Posted to Digest eat-lf.v097.n018 by KitPATh <phannema@...> on Jan 18, 1998

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