I think I've mentioned that MGG is a rabbit.
It's true. He eats so much salad and veggies that I know he must have been a rabbit in another life. He's even starting to look like a rabbit to me! haha!
The other day "said rabbit" and I were walking through Costco and he picked up a container of Poki and a container of quinoa salad. The poki is a favorite of his, but when I saw that quinoa salad and the price tag, I had to stop him there. "But it tastes soooo good" he says. "Yes honey, I know it does, but I can make it for you at home for a fraction of the cost and it will taste AWESOME!" "Trust me...."
He grudgingly put it back and off we went. Now I was under the gun to make a totally awesome quinoa salad that compares to the likes of Costco! No problem.
I got to work in the kitchen while he looked over my shoulder to see what I was putting in it. (Not as if I hadn't made quinoa salad before...sheesh!) I think he was really counting on the lemony flavor of the Costco brand. So I put a nice big lemon in front of him and put him to work zesting and juicing it. That seemed to satisfy him for the moment. The real test would come when he actually took his first bite.
About 30 minutes later we sat down to lunch with this huge wonderful Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, his poki, and some fruit and he had his first taste! He savored the flavor, and then a big smile erupted across his face. BINGO! I knew I had him. He leaned over and gave me a big smooch. Oh yea! One satisfied customer.
2 cups multi-colored quinoa or any colored quinoa
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 Tbls olive oil
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp sherry vinegar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup cherry tomatoes, red and yellow, halved
1/2 cup yellow, orange and red mini bell peppers, small dice
1/2 cup chopped English cucumber, diced
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tsp fresh mint, minced
Rinse and drain quinoa in a mesh strainer. Bring broth to a bowl over high heat in a medium saucepan. Add quinoa and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Uncover and fluff with a fork. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile prepare the vegetables. Add the quinoa and vegetables to a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, zest, lemon juice, vinegar and salt. Drizzle over salad and toss to combine. Sprinkle feta cheese and mint over the top and serve.