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Summer Quinoa Salad

July 28, 2011

Captain Obvious reporting for duty.

I don’t know if you know this, but it has been H-O-T in Saint Louis this summer. Almost unbearably so.

Gross temperatures make for hot kitchens, and although I LOVE to cook, that just doesn’t appeal to me.

I decided to try my hand at a quinoa salad. If you are unfamiliar with quinoa, it is a protein-rich seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture with somewhat of a nutty flavor when cooked. It’s a super food that is wheat and gluten free.

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No health food store run necessary, I found it in my local grocery store.

In my honest opinion, the easiest way to prepare it is to follow the directions on the side of the box. Of the options they give you, cook it in the MICROWAVE! Seriously. Super easy.

The rest of the recipe takes no time at all and you can make a day in advance. The added ingredient of mango really jazzes it up and gives it that summer flavor.

Summer Quinoa Salad

You will need:
1 1/2 cups cooked Quinoa, room temperature
2 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts (prepared however you like), diced
1 medium mango, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1 small handful chopped parsley (about 1/3 cup)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Juice of a lime
Salt and peper

For the chicken, I roasted the chicken breast in a 250 degree oven for 2 hours – seasoned with olive oil, salt, pepper, cumin, and dried rosemary.

Place cooked quinoa in a large bowl. Add mango, red pepper, green onion, black beans, parsley, and chicken. Combine together. Add the juice of one lime and soy sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you can, chill for one hour before serving. If not, serve and enjoy.

You really can’t go wrong with this dish, especially with this heat.

Oh, and by the way…guess who is going to the open casting call being held here in Saint Louis for Food Network Star? Me! I have zero expectations. I’m going just to say I did it; another story to add to the amazing summer of 2011. Ironically, Patch.com found out that I’m auditioning via Twitter, and contacted me about doing a story. You can read about it here.

Until next time, keep craving what you love –

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2011 12:24 pm

    can’t wait to hear about your audition experience! i thought about going (with no expectations as well, but more for the story!) but saturday is going to be a CRAZY day and i don’t know that i can spare the few hours waiting there!

  2. July 28, 2011 7:49 pm

    Good luck! I don’t even want to see the mess of people there haha. We know a guy on the current Star (Jeff, the Sandwich King of Chicago!) and have heard some stories about the ridic things they make you do off the camera – long hours, little sleep, pushing the drama, etc!

    I love quinoa too. Did you get that at Dierberg’s? I feel like I’ve seen that box there. If so, you can get it from their bulk bins also, and it’s super cheap (and organic)! I usually just buy a cup at a time.

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