Monday, July 13, 2015
What's your dream summer salad? You know, that perfectly delicious blend of summertime flavors that makes your mouth water and your knees weaken. What would be included in this amazing dish and, as with all salads, what health benefits could it give you?
For me, summertime salads are all about the whole grains. Whether it's flavorful Rye, delicious Soft White Wheat, or even some ancient Kamut, there's really no salad that gives more of that summertime feel than a salad made completely out of whole grains. And when it comes to creating the perfect whole grain salad, there's no better tool than the Fagor 3 in 1 Pressure Cooker.
This bad boy is awesome! Not only can it pressure cook, rice cook, and slow cook just about any meal you can think of, it makes cooking whole grains the easiest task in the world. In literally 7 minutes you can cook up any whole grain you can imagine without losing its flavor, texture, or healthy whole grain goodness!
It's this love of salads, whole grains, and pressure cooking, that led us to today's recipe. Using our amazing Organic Quinoa, with the help of our Fagor Pressure Cooker and Freeze Dried Peas, we've created the perfect summer salad the whole family can enjoy. Cool, smooth, and so delicious, this Summer Quinoa Salad is sure to be a recipe you'll want to make every year. Enjoy!
1 cup Honeyville Organic Quinoa
2 1/2 cups Honeyville Freeze Dried Peas
1/2 cup Feta Cheese
1/4 cup Honeyville Bacon Flavored TVP
1/2 cup Chopped Basil
1/2 cup Chopped Cilantro
1/2 cup Sliced Almonds
1/3 cup Lemon Juice
1/3 cup Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Salt
3 Tbsp Raw Honey
First, cook your quinoa.
To do so, place quinoa and 2 1/2 cups water in your Fagor Pressure Cooker. Cook at "High Pressure" for 7 minutes. Once down cooking, release steam, remove pot from pressure cooker and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes for quinoa to cool.
While quinoa is cooking, re-hydrate your peas by bringing 3 cups water to a boil, turning off heat, then adding peas. Stir until peas are soft, but not mushy. Drain excess liquid.
Remove quinoa from refrigerator and, in a large bowl, toss together quinoa, peas, feta cheese, bacon tvp, basil, cilantro, and almonds, until completely mixed together.
In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and honey, and whisk together until completely combined. Drizzle dressing over the top of the salad and toss together until fully combined, then serve.
Healthy, delicious, and exactly what you've been looking for this summer, this salad is ready to knock your socks of with flavor! The amazing combination of peas, quinoa, almonds, and bacon tvp, combined with the rich flavors form the basil and cilantro, give a refreshing taste that can't be beat. The blend of honey and lemon juice, along with the olive oil, make the dressing an absolute dream. Serve this up at any picnic or lunch this summer and it's sure to be a hit.
Summertime is all about amazing salads, and nothing is more amazing than this Summer Quinoa Salad!