Herbed Quinoa & Vegetable Potluck Salad

Because it appears now to be the season of get collectively’s (yay!), this previous weekend noticed us collaborating in an actual dwell potluck to echo the running a blog occasion from final weekend, this time with fairly a special real-life twist to it. I think about myself and the household to be really blessed to have an endearing bunch of long-time shut mates, bunch of them dwelling right here in Whistler the place I sit as I write this. Over the previous 10 plus years, it has change into considerably customary for our group to spend the Could lengthy weekend collectively, with our numbers rising ever bigger as households & personalities develop and the youngsters (virtually) outnumber the adults.

This yr, one in every of us was noticeably absent, that being one in every of my best possible girlfriends who’s off as we converse chasing her goals at a convention in NYC (courageous woman). This gave me an opportunity to commandeer her superbly lit & ethereal kitchen house to create and to make a large mess and all the remainder. It was an attention-grabbing weekend as I attempted to seek out my stride of taking footage for the weblog – loopy how comfortable we get in our personal acquainted environment.

On condition that me and my ladies are, and have all the time been, the only vegetarians amongst the crew, its key to contribute one thing that may roughly cowl all of the bases in a single go, as an assurance of protein and satisfaction amongst the opposite lovely choices of salads & appetizer plates. Final evening’s quinoa salad did simply that, and fed not solely us women, however an entire slew of drained women and men after an enormous day of exhausting athletic pursuits.

Getting along with outdated mates and new is all the time a pleasure, and final evening was no exception as all of us piled in below the roof of our gracious hosts. Fortunate and blessed we’re to benefit from the firm of family members in a fantastic setting akin to this. Love.

 Herbed Quinoa & Vegetable Potluck Salad:

(1) giant cauliflower, washed and damaged into florets
(1-2) tbsp olive oil for tossing the cauliflower
(1/4) tsp salt for tossing with cauliflower
(2) cups dry quinoa
(3) cups water for cooking quinoa
(3) cups curly inexperienced kale, about 1 bunch, washed, stemmed and chopped finely
(3) cups cooked cannellini beans, or white kidney beans (2 398ml cans ought to present sufficient)
(1/2) c recent parsley, chopped finely
(1/2) cup recent basil, chopped finely (about 10-12 leaves)
(1/2) cup recent mint, chopped finely
(1) cup pitted kalamata olives
(1/2) + cups Cumin-Spiced Shallot French dressing

Cumin-Spiced Shallot French dressing:

(1) giant shallot, peeled and finely minced
(1) cup olive oil
(1/3) cup crimson wine vinegar
(1) tsp cumin
(2) tsp sugar
(1) tsp salt
black pepper to style

Begin by heating your oven to 400 levels. Put together the cauliflower by tossing it with the olive oil & salt and lay flat on a baking tray. Prepare dinner for 40 – 45 minutes till smooth and browning, being positive to toss it a few times on the midway level.

Whereas the cauliflower cooks, mix the quinoa & water in a medium pot and produce to a boil. Cut back the warmth to low, and cook dinner, coated, for 20 – 25 minutes till fluffy. Whereas the quinoa cooks, put together the kale, recent herbs, beans (draining & rinsing the beans in chilly water), and olives and mix all in a big mixing bowl. Subsequent, put together the dressing by combining all the substances in a jar and shaking properly.

As soon as the quinoa is cooked, take away from the pot into a big bowl to chill, fluffing properly with a fork to permit the warmth to flee. When prepared, take away the cauliflower from the oven and permit to chill together with the quinoa. As soon as the quinoa and cauliflower have reached near room temperature, toss every part collectively in a big bowl to softly mix. Add the dressing 1 / 4 cup at a time, including as a lot as you wish to style. Style to regulate for salt & pepper and serve.

The dressing on this salad is one I’ve been kicking round for some time, and I discover it’s scrumptious to have available for all method of greens, cooked or raw. It positively will get higher the longer it sits, so make it a day forward and you may be glad you probably did.

For a smaller salad portion, I positively advocate halving this recipe, as this can make sufficient to feed a hungry military plant-based goodness for a couple of days, or for one large communal meal. Leftovers will preserve for a very long time within the fridge and would make a scrumptious packed lunch, topped with chunks of agency avocado. Yum.