We have a new house member. Angus, a black lab, is hanging out with us for 2 weeks while his owners are relocating. It's fun to have him around and the kids are enjoying his company. It's a good trial run for us...would we want a dog in the future? At the end of this 2 weeks we will be a) attached and sad to see him go, b) say it was fun, but not for us for a while, and/or c) fun, maybe we'll get one of our own.
It will be an adventure.
I was intrigued by the pomegranates in this salad. They are so good! And combined with quinoa had to be good. I've been wanting more quinoa dishes anyway, so this was a good excuse to cook this awesome super food. It was a great side salad.
Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate
from Cooking in the Costco Way
1 cup quinoa
1 3/4 cup vegetable or chicken stock
2 mini cucumbers, diced
1/2 lb grape tomatoes, halved
1 pomegranate, seeds only
1 Tbsp chopped fresh italian parsley
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (I think I might have omitted this...now I can't remember)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander
Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add quinoa and toast for 5 minutes, or until the quinoa starts to pop and turn light brown.
Meanwhile, heat stock to boiling in a medium saucepan. Add quinoa and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed.
To prepare the dressing, whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl.
In a large bowl, comine warm quinoa with cucumbers, tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, chopped herbs, and the dressing.
Serve at room temperature. (I also had this cold from the fridge the next day and it was good)