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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Quinoa Salad

Purchase quinoa at most major supermarkets or any natural foods store.

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I used a little less than 1/8 c)
1 tsp Minced Garlic 
1 small Shallot, chopped
1 Jalapeno, seeded, chopped
4 Sun-Dried Tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp Curry Powder
1/2 cup uncooked Quinoa
1 cup Water (maybe more if needed)
1 small Cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
2 TB finely Chopped Cilantro
1 TB Fresh Lime Juice
12 Endive Leaves
Sea Salt

Pour the uncooked quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve; rinse and drain. (This helps remove some slight natural bitterness from the grains). In a small saucepan, add quinoa and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer, and cover until all of the water is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes. (If the water has evaporated before the quinoa is cooked, just add a bit more.) The quinoa will be done when the grains have turned partially white, and the spiral-like germ of the grain is visible. They should maintain a slight crunch when eaten. This will yield about 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa.

In a small skillet, sauté garlic and shallots in olive oil over medium heat, about 2 minutes. Add the jalapeno and curry powder; heat another 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool. Place in a bowl, and add cooked quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Toss to coat well. Serve in endive leaves or eat on its own.  Makes 4 side or 2 main servings.

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