I have been following Elizabeth's blog The Mustard Ceiling for a long time now. I even hired her for my blog re-design earlier this year. She has a great eye for design and an amazing eye for photography!
I think you will agree when you see her recipe and photos for a delicious looking Quinoa Salad...
Hi Elegant Nest Reader's! I'm Elizabeth, from The Mustard Ceiling. I usually blog about interior design and DIY projects, but my husband and I are in the process of selling our house and moving this summer so all of our DIY projects are on hold until we find a new home to tackle.
Today, I thought I would step away from Interior Design and DIY projects to share my favorite summer recipe with you.
What I love so much about this recipe is that it is full of veggies, healthy, fast and perfect for a hot summer day. I recently stumbled upon it while trolling for new recipes on pinterest and I am so happy I did.
My favoite new recipe this summer is a Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. I found it on Small Kitchen College. The first time I made this recipe I followed Small Kitchen College's directions to the tee, but the second time I eliminated the artichokes, I prefer it without them.
*Ingredients for the Salad*
- 1 carton of cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 c. red onion, chopped
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 c. italian parsley, chopped (I usually do not use quite 1/2 C.)
- 1/2 c. fresh basil, chopped (I usually do not use quite 1/2 C. )
- 1/2 c. Kalamata olives, halved
- 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 c. of crumbled feta cheese
- 1 c. of dry quinoa (makes 2 c. cooked)
- 1/2 c. olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive juice, minced garlic and lemon juice. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, then mix in the quinoa and feta.
The first time I made it, I paired it with homemade pita and hummus for a light refreshing dinner. Last time, I served it with a simple Turkey, Mozzeralla, tomato, basil panini with pesto mayonnaise. I think it would also pair nicely with a light chicken dish.
Honestly I don't think you can go wrong with any pairing you could come up with...it's that good!
Thank you for having me today Laura! I hope you are enjoying your vacation...and I hope you all enjoy the recipe.
This salad looks delicious...and that grilled panini makes my mouth water just looking at the photo!