Thursday, June 13, 2013

Quinoa with Strawberries & Watermelon with Lemon Shallot Dressing

It's summer time!!  Time for fun in the sun, fun in the water, late nights, late mornings and cooking with as little heat as possible.  It's no secret that I love a good salad and I'm always on the lookout for new salads to try.  I knew I wanted to try this one immediately not only because of the wonderfully refreshing strawberries and watermelon but also because of the quinoa.  I've been trying to add a little more protein in my diet since we don't eat a lot of meat and this seemed to be a good solution.  This salad is great for lunch or a side dish at dinner and won't leave you hungry!

Quinoa with Strawberries & Watermelon with Lemon Shallot Dressing
3 cups cooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups watermelon, cubed
1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
feta cheese, crumbled
small handful fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
sliced almonds
Lemon Shallot Dressing (below)

Cook and cool quinoa.  You can place it in the fridge to help it cool faster.

In a salad bowl, toss quinoa, watermelon and strawberries with as much dressing as desired. Spread out on a platter and top with feta, almonds and fresh basil leaves. Add more dressing to individual servings as desired.  Serve immediately.

Lemon Shallot Dressing
5 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. minced shallot (I often used dried for that small an amount, unless I have one I need to use up in the fridge.)
1 1/2 tsp. honey
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Combine ingredients in a small mason jar with a lid.  Shake vigorously until well-incorporated.  Set aside until ready to use.  Shake again before pouring.

SOURCE:  Edible Perspective

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