Thursday, August 9, 2012

Quinoa Salad with Almonds and Zucchini

Small round zucchinis and yellow bell peppers were more goodies from the produce box I mentioned earlier this week.  I wanted a quick salad I could keep in the fridge for whenever I didn't feel like cooking, and this quinoa salad was the answer.  Fast, easy, versatile, delicious, and healthy - what more could you ask for?!  

AND...I was very excited to serve it off of one of the glass plates I made in the glass fusing class a friend convinced me to try out.  As frustrating as cutting glass can be, I have to admit it's pretty fun to be able to eat off of a plate you've made yourself :)  This shot is from my instagram account.

The salad with the scallions had an almost asian feel to it, so I think that it would make a great rice-alternative to fish or maybe something like a tofu stir-fry.  Perhaps something like this sesame-crusted yellowtail with shiitake sauce ;)

{Quinoa Salad with Zucchini and Almonds}
Inspired by Whole Living

serves 2

1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup (3 ounces) quinoa
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 yellow bell pepper, ribs and seeds discarded, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, plus more for garnish (optional)
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 lime, halved


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast almonds until crisp, lightly browned, and fragrant, about 7 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Meanwhile, place quinoa in a fine sieve and rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear; drain well.

2. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium heat. Add yellow pepper, garlic, scallions, and red-pepper flakes; cook until the pepper is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.

3. Stir in quinoa, thyme, 1 cup water, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook 7 minutes. Stir in zucchini, cover, and cook until quinoa is tender but not mushy, 5 to 8 minutes longer. Remove the saucepan from heat.

4. Stir in almonds, and remaining 2 teaspoons oil, season with salt, and fluff with a fork. Cool to room temperature before packing into two containers and refrigerating. When ready to eat, squeeze lime over salad. Serve with additional lime wedge and thyme, if desired.


  1. I think the produce delivery sounds like a great idea! and the plate looks fantastic :)

    1. Yeah it's a great service, and yay I'm glad you like the plate! :)


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