Vegetarian Warm Quinoa Salad with Goat’s Cheese Recipe – Peruvian Inspired Dish

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is an Andean plant that originated in area of Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia. It was cultivated and used as a staple food by pre-Columbian civilisations. Before its domestication, wild quinoa was probably first used as a source of food from its leaves and seeds. Today it has a majestic history and is widely known as a ‘superfood’. Despite its grain like appearance, the plant is actually part of the goosefoot family and related to spinach and beets. This dish makes a good warm alternative to cold salads during the winter months.

  • Serves: 2
  • Prep time: 10-15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30-45 minutes

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup mixed peppers, chopped into chunks
  • 1 small onion, chopped into chunks
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • olive oil (approx 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 slices goats cheese, chopped into chunks
  • 1 handful walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

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N.B. There have been concerns about the effect the rising popularity of quinoa in wealthier nations is having on the farmers who grow it and those who rely on it as a dietary staple. Look for fair trade and organic quinoa to help ensure the farmers are fairly treated and paid a living wage!

SOURCES:

  • http://www.fao.org/quinoa-2013/what-is-quinoa/origin-and-history/en/
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Vegetarian Warm Quinoa Salad with Goat’s Cheese Recipe – Peruvian Inspired Dish

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