Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This is a great make-ahead vegetarian meal for quick lunches or a side dish. Delicious for potlucks and picnics, too. Serves 4 as a main, 8 as a side dish.

Vinaigrette
3 to 4 tbsp olive oil, extra-virgin
2 or 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp Beary Berry Honey (see recommendations below)

Salad
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
1/2 English cucumber, seeds removed and diced
2 hands full of chopped or baby spinach, kale, beet or other greens
1 to 1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano (leaves, not ground)
3 cups cooked quinoa
salt and pepper, to taste
Optional: a handful of chopped fresh parsley
Optional: 100 gr of Feta cheese, crumbled
Optional: toss in a handful of black Kalamata olives


  1. Dice the vegetables and place them into a large bowl.
  2. Add all the remaining salad ingredients and toss well.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients.
  4. Toss the salad with the vinaigrette and adjust to your taste – add more oil, salt, honey, herbs, or vinegar.

Tips, Suggestions & Information

  • Use Beary Berry Honey unpasteurized clear or creamed honey for a simple vinaigrette.
  • For this recipe, try our Pomegranate Honey, Licorice Honey, or Chai Honey. Use fresh lemon juice instead of red wine vinegar, and try our Lemon Honey or for a real Middle Eastern flavour, Peppermint Honey.
  • Quinoa is the only grain which is also a complete protein. It can be found at almost any natural foods, organic, or regular grocery store and is usually more economical in the bulk aisle. It increases about 3 x its volume when cooked. The easiest method is to cook it like pasta, in lots of water and exactly 11 minutes. Drain and serve immediately as a hot side dish or for a warm salad. For a cold salad or to make ahead, rinse the hot, cooked quinoa with cold water and keep it in the fridge up to 3 days, or portion in small containers and freeze for quick meals.
  • Use any combination of vegetables you like – broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, etc. Try adding cooked beans, chickpeas or lentils for different textures, or even cold shredded chicken or pork for meat eaters.

 

 

 

 

 

Beet Green and Bacon Salad with Berry Vinaigrette

Don’t throw away those gorgeous beet greens! Use them in stirfry, soups, and side dishes. With tons of nutrition and flavour, and paired with berries, bacon and sheep cheese, they make an amazing salad.

3 to 4 cups beet greens, stem removed (or spinach, arugula, romaine or other lettuce)
a handful of crumbled or diced goat/sheep cheese, preferably from a local farm
a handful of toasted nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, etc.)
a handful of cooked, crumbled bacon, preferably from a local farm
a handful of berries of your choice

  1. Toss the greens with half of the vinaigrette (recipe below) and divide between two salad plates.
  2. Sprinkle with some of the cheese, then nuts, then bacon, then berries – add a bit more of everything until you think your salad looks scrumptious.
  3. Drizzle with more salad dressing if you choose.

Quick  Berry Vinaigrette

1 tbsp Beary Berry Honey – Black Raspberry, Red Raspberry or Pomegranate
1 tbsp raspberry vinegar or red wine vinegar
2 tbsp mashed berries (fresh or frozen)
water to thin just to your taste

Whisk everything together in a small bowl and adjust for sweetness or acid. Season with salt and/or pepper if you like.  Drizzled over greens with some toasted nuts, goat cheese, and sliced fresh fruit or dried fruit.

(OR)  Use Beary Beary Honey Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Recipe copyright ElaineWilson.com, used with permission.


Resources

Beary Berry Honey products available at farmers markets, their farm store near Tofield, in SaveOn Stores, and in many local shops. Visit BearyBerryHoney.com or call 780-662-3577.

The Cheesiry cheese products available at farmers markets, their farm store near Kitscoty, and in many local shops. Visit TheCheesiry.com for more information.

Irvings Farms pork and bacon products available at farmers market, their farm store near Round Hill, and in many local shops. Visit IrvingsFarmFresh.com for more information.


Check out EatEastOfEdmonton.com for a listing of the many farms east of Edmonton that you can visit and where they grow our vegetables, grains and the meat we enjoy. You can also get recommended routes for self-guided tours of the region, including the many farms open to visitors.

Visit GoEastRTO.com for suggested day trips of activities, festivals, and sightseeing in the region east of Edmonton.