I was watching a cooking show the other day that was dedicated to Mediterranean cooking which my family and I really enjoy. The seasonings used in Mediterranean cooking are a lot different from those used in southern cooking. I always like a challenge whether in cooking or elsewhere so I decided to stretch my imagination and learn how to fix a simple Mediterranean dish. The chef on this particular show made a tabbouleh salad that looked delicious but required a little more work than I like to do.
Instead of using bulgur wheat as the grain in the salad I decided to add a new twist and use Quinoa. Quinoa has a nutty flavor and takes only a few minutes to prepare. It also helped to add an extra layer of crunch to the salad along with the cucumbers. Texture and taste are two key elements of any dish especially for salads when you are trying to have layers of flavor.
One of the best ingredients used in Mediterranean cooking is mint. I had not cooked with mint in the past except for making iced tea. The thought of using mint in a salad was a different but welcomed experience. It was amazing how the mint and other seasonings blended so well together and lifted my taste buds to a new level.
Mediterranean Quinoa salad is a wonderful side dish that goes well with chicken, fish or pork. So the next time you want something healthy, quick and easy to make try this salad to help spice up your meal.
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
1 cup Quinoa
1 pint cherry tomatoes sliced in half
2 tbsp parsley chopped
2 tbsp mint chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 English cucumber chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Gazebo Room Greek marinade and salad
½ cup feta cheese
Juice from ½ lemon
Prepare Quinoa according to package instructions. Let cool.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Serve at room temperature.