Quinoa with Strawberries and Goat Cheese

Living with my folks means lots of HGTV and Food Network.  I don’t mind it, and I’ve even picked up a few ideas and recipes.  This one is adapted from Giada De Laurentiis, and you can find the original recipe here.

Giada makes this using wheat berries.  I’ve never seen wheat berries in the store, and living in the-middle-of-nowhere North Carolina, I doubt I’ll be able to find any.  Plus, they take an hour to boil until they’re tender and I’d rather not take that long to make a side dish.  It did seem easy enough to replace the wheat berries with quinoa, so that’s what I did.

Additionally, Giada made this as a dinner side, but it’s rather sweet.  After I ate it the first time, I decided it would be better for breakfast.  Finally, Giada’s recipe is a HUGE quantity.  I cut it in half and it still makes 8 servings!!

Quinoa with strawberries and goat cheese

Serving size: 1/2 c.   Servings: 8

Nutritional info: Calories: 164  Fat: 8g  Cholesterol: 3mg  Sodium: 176mg

    Carbs 20g  Fiber: 2g  Protein: 4g  Sugars: 5g

Ingredients

Quinoa

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 cups of water
  • pinch of salt

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice (approximately 1 orange)
  • 1/6* cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons orange zest(approximately 1/2 an orange)
  • 1 tablespoons agave nectar or honey (I used honey since it’s what I had on hand)
  • 1/8 cup fresh mint leaves, packed, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 medium strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/6 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese

Directions

Place quinoa in a large saucepan with water.  Bring to a vigorous boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and allow to cook until quinoa is tender and white spiral-like threads appear around each grain, approximately 15 minutes.  Set aside to cool, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a salad bowl.

For the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the orange juice, olive oil, orange zest, agave nectar or honey, mint leaves, salt, and pepper until smooth. Pour the dressing over the quinoa and add the strawberries and goat cheese. Toss until all the ingredients are coated.

* 1/6 cup?!  Don’t have a 1/6 measuring cup?  Never fear, you can either use half of the 1/3 measuring cup or 2 and 2/3 tbsp.

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