Sunday, March 27, 2011

Recipe 3: salad as a meal challenge

I am wrapping up week one of the salad challenge, and I have to say that I am really enjoying it. It has been a while since I have delved into trying so many new recipes, all at once. There I said it. For the last few years I've been in a recipe rut. Maybe it was the distraction of graduate school, or a simple drift in focus away from cooking, but I have honestly been making variations of the same recipes for quite some time now. I have been finding it fun to be making new dishes this week, adding new life to my tired repertoire.

On Friday night I tried this grain-based dish: Quinoa Salad with Spinach, Parsley, and Spring Onions. Ms. Wells asks that you first toast the quinoa in a dry skillet, then rinse it to remove any bitterness, and then cook it in liquid (stock or water). Perhaps this the way to cook quinoa, but in the past I have always gone straight to adding it to boiling liquid. The result of these extra steps really did make it less bitter, and relatively unsticky (is unsticky a word?).

The salad was essentially cooked quinoa, mixed with chopped parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, and spring onions. Add the quinoa to a chiffonade of spinach dressed with a creamy lemon-chive dressing, and there is your dish. It tastes about as it sounds: fresh, yet hearty from the quinoa. I know quinoa is a protein-rich grain, but I was eating this after a long run, and wanted some 'real' protein with my dinner. I had two hard cooked eggs along with it, and it was a perfect, light supper.


  1. katherine how long did you run? did you know that patricia has run the marathon, and now she trains for halfs?

  2. Hi TK,
    She runs half marathons? What an incredible woman!

    I said in my post "long run", but it was actually just a 4 or 5 mile jog through the neighborhood with my dog. Nothing hard core, but enough to build an appetite!
    One thing I'm really loving about the SAAM challenge is that all the recipes are so healthy and light, yet very satisfying. This is super for someone like me who is trying to stay fit and lean (emphasis on *trying).