All anyone can talk about in these parts is the big storm headed our way tomorrow. It could bring up to 24″ of snow and everyone is acting like it’s the first time New England has ever seen snow. I’ve never actually experienced a blizzard myself so I don’t totally understand what the fuss is about but I’m sort of excited to see. Famous last words I’m sure.
Just in case we’re covered in white all weekend, let’s talk red today.
This recipe wasn’t intended as a Valentine’s Day recipe, I’m not really one to celebrate the holiday anyway, but as luck would have it I made this dish in February and I think it would make a great addition to a love themed dinner. It has quinoa in it after all. What’s not to love?
This was an impulse purchase. I don’t usually buy red quinoa, mostly because white quinoa is always cheaper, but I was standing in a ridiculously long Trader Joe’s line last Sunday that wrapped around the aisles and grabbed it on a whim.
When I got home I noticed an unused pomegranate and thought the two together might make a good combo. Turns out they not only look pretty together but taste wonderful.
Red Quinoa Pomegranate Salad (vegan, gluten-free)
For the salad:
1 cup red quinoa
2 cups water
pinch of salt
3/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp lemon zest
For the dressing:
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1.5 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/8 cayenne pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Rinse quinoa then place in a pot with water and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium low heat for 20 minutes or until water has evaporated. Stir to fluff.
Place cooked quinoa in a big bowl with black beans and pomegranate seeds.
Mix dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
Toss dressing with quinoa, beans and seeds.
Top with lemon zest.
I ended up eating this salad for breakfast after shooting the photos. Yum!
As a total aside, I went to my first power class in many months at Baptiste Yoga yesterday. It was so hot in the room I felt months of cold melt from my body. It reminded me how much I love hot yoga and that as a naturally cold-blooded person it’s important that I feel hot from time to time. I can’t believe I waited so long to go. I have an unlimited month’s worth of classes. If you can’t find me in all the snow I’ll be sweating it out in the studio.
Enjoy and Exhale!