First a disclaimer! I have no idea how Peruvian this soup actually is! But I do know Peruvian Quinoa Soup is a beautiful soup this time of year (late spring) and perfect for any cold, rainy days. Of course, you can have it any time of the year; that could never be wrong. It’s comforting and full of good stuff and hearty without feeling heavy. And best of all, it’s made with mostly pantry ingredients.
A series of mishaps around a Chef’s published recipe (some hers, some mine) turned out to be quite the happy accident. The result though is nothing less than a fabulous alchemy of flavors: lightly grilled smokey asparagus, punchy Kalamata olives, shaves of nutty Parmesan and nutty Quinoa form the base of Grilled Asparagus and Quinoa Salad. Really this is a main meal, maybe a brunch meal – the term Salad doesn’t do it justice.
I remember when Quinoa first came on my radar, years and years ago. It was supposedly a “rediscovered” ancient grain and no one knew how to pronounce it (KEEN-wah), let alone cook it!! Well, it turns out that people have been eating Quinoa all along, even if we in the States haven’t, it isn’t a grain at all, it’s a seed and it IS possible to make Light Fluffy Quinoa in the Instant Pot or on the Stovetop.
Are you looking for a versatile summer to fall salad that ‘s super healthy but so good you wouldn’t even guess it and that can double up as a side or a vegetarian main dish salad? That’s Southwestern Quinoa Salad. And it’s jumping with flavor, lime, garlic and all of the usual suspects that go along with that fresh Southwestern vibe.
Kale can be absolutely delicious when bought at the right time, used quickly, paired with the right ingredients, and treated right. It is gorgeous in this Wilted Kale Salad with Acorn Squash and Warm Cranberry Vinaigrette.