Summer Quinoa Salad

I have a quinoa salad for every season. But summer is my favourite, when there’s so much abundance all you really need is a simple dressing and whatever local vegetables you have on hand.

In my car I only have the radio, I wish this wasn’t the case but #firstworldproblem. Anyhow, I don’t normally listen to top 40 and I never even had it on the radio until moving back to the city recently. It’s weird, popular music isn’t necessarily any good for the most part but it is fucking catchy.

One song that I can’t get out of my head, and I don’t even know what it’s called is, I can’t feel my face when I’m with you, but I love it, but I love it.

What does this mean? Does anyone know? I love singing it, and its one top 40 song that doesn’t immediately make me switch the station, but I really don’t get it.

Maybe I just need to crank it, nosh some of this super summer quinoa salad and let my imagination dream of numb faced star crossed lovers whacking each other without sensation.

Summer Quinoa Salad

My friend Amanda says I’m 3 years behind on everything to do with pop culture. This is pretty accurate. I didn’t know who Nicki Minaj was until like, a week ago. I like her new song too, even though it probably isn’t all that new and is rather sexist, it’s catchy as hell.

Another pop culture phenomenon I didn’t know about was Game of Thrones. Dear God. I am so glad I never knew about this show until now. There is no way I would be able to have survived the pending mystery of whether or not Theon really killed Bram and his brother in Season 2. I know you guys are way beyond that now since it’s onto Season 6 but still, I would have died not being able to watch the very next episode right away.

Summer Quinoa Salad

One thing I am up on is this whole Cecil the lion thing. Okay, it’s absurd that people still kill animals for fun. Any animal. There’s a similar situation in BC where our premier is allowing permits to be doled out for up to 500 grizzly bears to be hunted per year. It’s the insanity of our culture at its best. In the midst of public outcry though, some very important points have been brought to light. My favourite being that if people cared half as much about GMO’s and bills being passed making Monsanto nearly unstoppable in their quest to not tell us what we’re eating, we’d have a lot more control over our food system. Or the fact that 90% of the animals we eat every single day are raised in inhumane, unnatural conditions. It’s speciesism at its finest, is it not?

What other poppy happenings have I missed?

What I do miss the most is living near a clean pristine river and swimming in the lake on a whim. City life is a huge adjustment, but I’m trying to embrace it. The benefits of pad thai at the drop of a hat and amazing markets are pretty sweet. But hey, who knows what’s next.

Summer Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 C quinoa + 2 C water
  • 2 Tbs tahini
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • pinch of chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 C fresh chopped dill
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 C cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • handful of kale or spinach, chopped
  • bunch of radishes, sliced
  • 1/2 C roasted pistachios
  • 1/2 C goat cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa for 15 minutes, covered on low heat. Cool before continuing.
  2. Combine olive oil, tahini,garlic,chili flakes, sea salt, pepper and dill.
  3. Add vegetables to quinoa and toss with dressing, top with pistachios and goat cheese and enjoy!
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Summer Quinoa Salad

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