quinoa, black bean, and hominy salad.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

vegetarian quinoa recipe

i could sit and watch food network all day. better yet, i could sit and watch giada de laurentiis all day and come up with a new one-liner for every episode. not because i'm good with the jokes, but because the lady is ASKING to be made fun of with her perfect italian pronunciations and overly-excited hand gestures. also, i love her and want to give her a hug. boobs and all.

this salad is crazy good and i know tis true because my meat-eating husband frequently request this dish be added to the weekly menu. it's very tex-mexy and even better wrapped in butter lettuce leaves like a taco.

quinoa, black bean, and hominy salad
1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
15 oz can black beans rinsed
15 oz can hominy rinsed (fresh or frozen corn works too)
handful of fresh parsley

vinaigrette
1-2 limes
good olive oil
heaping tsp of cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

1. cook the quinoa and stock in a saucepan until it comes to a boil. reduce heat and continue to cook until the quinoa has soaked up most of the stock. let cool.
2. in a big bowl, add rinsed beans, rinsed hominy, and a handful of chopped parsley. add the cooled quinoa and mix well.
3. in a small bowl, whisk together the juice of 1 lime, a glug of extra virgin olive oil, cumin, and a generous amount of salt and pepper. pour over the quinoa and stir. if the salad looks a bit dry, add a bit more lime juice and olive oil. more cumin and salt never hurt anybody either.

ps: hominy is kinda like corn kernels on steroids. look for it in the mexicano aisle at the grocery.

recipe adapted from giada de laurentiis.

18 comments:

Kyla said...

Mmm, this looks delicious! And I agree, I love Giada but she always uses the crazy pronunciations and I have to giggle.

Tibs said...

Yummy! Quinoa, especially red quinoa is my favourite ingredient

Jasmine // The Daily Frolic said...

You just made me crazy hungry. I wish i had these ingredients just lying around right now.

Tara Celeste said...

Totally agree. I've never heard someone say 'spaghetti' with such emphasis. This recipe looks delicious - definitely making it soon!

Erin said...

I've had hominy beans before but the name always reminds me of either that speech priests give at the end of a service (dunno, I'm jewish) or the magical island from Puff the Magic Dragon.

Liv Lundelius said...

This is going to me my lunch for one of the next days! YUM. Thanks for sharing.

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Who doesn't giggle at/adore Giada, really?

Rebeka said...

I love me a good quinoa recipe. I'm saving this. Thank you for sharing, I always love your recipe posts.

rebecca said...

erin-
that's hilarious.

rebeka-
thanks girl. :)

The Bebebirds said...

Oh wow this is so yummy looking. And filling!

Brooke

Lonely Wife Project said...

You know I'm a quinoa whore.

Caroline said...

This looks divine ... simple ... and perfect. YUM!

Kayla Poole said...

T and I are watching The Next Food Network Star (we watch it every summer) and my favorite thing to do is make fun of Giada (she's a mentor). Truth is, I love her, but she just makes the snark ooze out of me.

rachel kirk peterson said...

good old giada, a.k.a. "tits n' teeth".

Olga said...

Thanks so much for posting this recipe, Rebecca. Quinoa is good, but the lime dressing really makes this salad. Could not stop eating for 2 days!

Oh and regarding Giada, she is very easy to make fun of. My favorite is the way she says "mars-kah-poh-neh"

rebecca said...

olga-
oh, i'm so glad you liked it! thanks for the update and the superb giada impression. :)

Yumi said...

Perfect description of Giada! Gotta love her & her recipes. This looks delish. Thanks for sharing :)

sumslay said...

Omg, that looks aaaaamaaazing! And easy! Thank you for sharing!

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