Quinoa has been the superfood du jour for what feels like a few years now and still, I struggle with it. I want to love it. I want to eat it on a regular basis but I find it a little…well, boring. Like hippie food. It tastes like what people with no make up and long hair who don’t believe in deodorant and don’t shave their armpits would eat. Sigh.
So this weekend I decided to make a concerted effort to try to get my taste buds excited by quinoa. I was going to transform quinoa in my mind from hippie food to a foodie’s delight. Did I succeed? Well, After a bit of taste testing and playing with ingredients, yep, I do believe I did.
This quinoa side dish tastes so delicious that you might not have visions of back-to-nature, hippie communes while chowing down on it and you may not even care how good it is for you…
Healthy, Happy (but not Hippie) Quinoa Salad
- 4 cups organic red quinoa
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 shallot
- 1 package Salt Spring goat cheese
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 1/2 cup arugula
- balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and olive oil dressing to taste
Definitely not Hippie Food