Posts tagged ‘cheese’

February 13, 2011

Mushroom and Red Quinoa Salad

Hey y’all.

Note: I love saying y’all even though I’m totally not from the south. I’m from “Joisey” so a proper greeting should be: How you doin‘!?!

A few quick things:

  1. Check out the new page I made about my favorite workout gear!
  2. Look what came in the mail today!

Yessssssssss (said in Napoleon Dynamite voice)! My Runner’s World magazines came :D! Sean got me a subscription for Christmas and the magazines finally shipped. Can’t wait to read ‘em!

Onto ze food!…

The other day I went to the mall with my mom and sister and we ended up venturing in Williams Sonoma a.k.a. kitchen HEAVEN! There’s many kitchen “heavens” to me such as Crate and Barrel, Pier 1 Imports, Home Goods, and Williams Sonoma. Let me explain what exactly a kitchen “heaven” is.

A kitchen heaven, to me, has cookbooks, spectacular sauces and jams, awesome baking supplies such as colorful spatulas, cute baking trays, and delicious mixes, cool kitchen ware such as tiny spoons, flirty bowls, and colorful cups & plates, and frilly, girly, place mats.

If any place I go into fulfills that criteria, I will be buying something. Is it bad that I’d rather buy cooking and baking supplies than shop for clothes? I’m only 19 too, is this a problem? Well, it sure seems like it’s becoming one. I know of no one else my age willing to drop $30 on cute cups, dishes, and spoons, than a cute top to wear out from BeBe. I guess that’s what makes me SO totally awesome :D.

Upon walking in Williams Sonoma, I gravitated toward the cook books…almost as if there was a strange magnetic attraction. Who am I kidding, there’s always an overwhelming attraction toward anything involving cooking and baking. I perused the cookbooks until I stumbled upon Giada De Laurentiis’ book, Giada at Home. I flipped through all the pages, mesmerized by the enchanting recipes and perfectly taken pictures, and decided I had to have this book. Like Giada, I am also infatuated with cooking Italian foods. All the flavors and textures of Italian food just speak to me.

As soon as I got home I had to make a recipe, and this is what I stumbled upon…

Mushroom and Red Quinoa Salad

(Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis)

This salad is very light and refreshing and won’t leave you weighed down. I added quinoa for an extra protein punch and I love the rustic texture and color it added to the salad. Serve this salad at room temperature or cold (note: I just ate it straight out of the fridge and it was delicious!) (Serves 1)

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 3/4 cup chopped button mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley (preferably fresh, I didn’t have any)
  • a few slivers of thinly sliced sweet white onion
  • pinch of salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • shaving of Parmigiano Reggiano


  1. Rinse quinoa and cook according to instructions on package.
  2. In the meantime, juice the lemon & mix with olive oil. Cut up very tiny slices of a sweet white onion. Make sure the slices are practically translucent. Add the parsley, washed (lightly dab mushrooms with a damp paper towel) mushrooms, salt, pepper, and onion to the dressing. Add the cooked quinoa and toss well until everything is coated in the dressing.
  3. Garnish with Parmigiano Reggiano.


A super simple salad is less than 3 steps, 8 ingredients, and 15 minutes away…

This will drive your taste buds crazy (in a good way) and have you wondering what makes this salad so spectacular. I love the lemon in this salad it really freshens it up.

I decided to add onion slices after preparing the salad. It adds a little more depth to the salad and makes it feel more like a meal rather than a side dish. Although, this could very well be a side dish next to a nice simple arugula salad.

Don’t you just want to dive right in? ;) I do…I mean I did (YUM! I love salty Parmesan cheese!).

I really enjoyed this salad. It was perfect for my post-workout lunch since it’s so light. I never like to be weighed down after a stellar workout.

You’ll be left feeling refreshed and energized after your first bite.

Oh, the miracles of wholesome foods…



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