Mediterranean quinoa salad with tahini balsamic dressing

May be a trend…another recipe that is all about the dressing. Sort of. That is to say, the dressing is what I most want to remember and share for its uniqueness, at least to me. Until now I didn’t make the tahini-balsamic combo a regular in meal planning. I am definitely going to be making up for lost time moving forward.

 

quinoa_med

There is another beauty of a bonus, too: built-in is a major shortcut if needed. If it’s one of those days when the mere step of whizzing up a dressing has you feeling limp and listless, you can relax and refuel faster knowing this salad is so very forgiving. Just about any dressing will do. Whatever ready-made vinaigrette you wish (just stay away from the sweet ones), Italian,a splash of plain lemon juice and oil, or my personal favorite, the marinade from artichokes. But if you do feel fresh and awake enough to whisk a few ingredients separately in a bowl, or process them till smooth, tahini-balsamic has a simple way of elevating every quinoa seed and spinach leaf with rich, tangy, nuttiness.

 

quinoa_med2

Occasionally I have stretches where tahini has a way of breaking me from peanut butter love in a refreshing way. I would almost say the smooth paste could swap in and satisfy every PB craving with the added benefit that I’d never, ever eat it from the jar or have too much. I would lick away each semblance of a pool of tahini dressing on my plate though, and do.  And if I’m feeling twinges of guilt over that, I justify by telling myself “zero waste” and also the reminder that sesame seeds contain more calcium, iron, plus other minerals and phytosterols than peanuts do. But I don’t need this self-talk very often. This dish epitomizes how synonymous healthy and delicious truly are. No justification needed, just readiness to enjoy. 🙂

Mediterranean quinoa salad with tahini balsamic dressing
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. 1 (5 oz) package washed baby spinach, kale, or mixed greens
  3. 1 1/2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  4. 1 medium cucumber, chopped
  5. 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  6. 1 (14 oz) can quartered artichoke hearts in water, drained
  7. 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  8. 1/3 cup tahini
  9. 1/2 cup water
  10. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  11. 1/2 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  12. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  13. Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa: add 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and summer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Transfer to a large salad bowl.
  2. Add greens, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, artichokes and chickpeas to quinoa in bowl.
  3. Prepare the dressing: place tahini, water, vinegar, soy sauce and garlic powder in a food processor and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Toss quinoa mixture with dressing prior to serving.
Happy Apple Natural Kitchen http://happyapplekitchen.com/

Comments

Be the first to comment.

Leave a Comment

You can use these HTML tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This