Quinoa, Chickpea & Garden Harvest Vegetable Salad

Hello. I'm w-a-a-y overdue to share a recipe with you, faithful readers. And it would be so tempting to continue working on this post and include all the wonderful resources I've found on quinoa and chickpeas.

But, I will force myself to keep this one short and sweet savoury because I have tomatoes to preserve, a garden plot to tidy and prepare for radishes and garlic, AND a seasonal, delectable recipe to make for our potluck community garden party this Sunday. So for now, just the recipe. I'll save the story behind it and the facts, tips & recipes I've uncovered for a later time.

Have a great weekend everyone. From the talk on Twitter, I think a lot of people will be spending time in their kitchens with juicy tomatoes.

Quinoa, Chickpea & "Vegetable-of-the-Day" Salad


Ingredients

1 cup quinoa seeds
1 1/2 cups cold water
Optional: 1/4 tsp salt
1-15 oz (425 g) can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
Assorted chopped, fresh vegetables, about 2 to 3 cups
Dressing:
3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons grainy mustard
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Method

1. Soak and cook the quinoa according to the savvy vegetarian's method.

2. Combine the cooked quinoa and drained chickpeas in a large mixing bowl.

3. To the bowl add assorted chopped, fresh vegetables from the garden. (In this version I used only tomatoes and sweet peppers. Persian baby cucumbers are also a lovely addition.)

4. Prepare the dressing. Combine lemon juice, sugar & mustard in a bowl. Whisk to blend. Whisk in olive oil until emulsified.

5. Toss the salad with just enough of this dressing to lightly coat the ingredients. Refrigerate the unused portion of the dressing to use on your next salad.

6. Eat and enjoy.

Yield: about 6 servings.

Harvest

In the basket: 'Rolande' French filet (bush) beans, jewel-toned beets, 'Romeo' baby carrots, heirloom 'Italian Silver Rib' chard, 'Green Fingers' Persian baby cucumber, and 'Glacier' & 'Gold Nugget' tomatoes

I shall be growing all these varieties again next year.

And how have I been using the harvest? You may have noticed a paucity of new recipes on the blog recently. Well, I confess to spending more hours in the garden than kitchen. And eating more toasted tomato sandwiches than I probably should admit to. (Food jags aren't just for children.) Here's a hint about one of my other favourite summer meals. Recipe to follow soon.

Quinoa, Chickpea & Vegetables-of-the-Day Salad

 

This past week's harvest

Perhaps not abundant in quantity but definitely rich in freshness, colour & flavour:

Small harvest

Beet greens (with a baby beet), kale, and shelling peas

 

'Kootenai' cocktail

The first 'Kootenai' tomato

(I'd planned to use the peas in a risotto but I ate half while shelling them and then nibbled on the rest throughout the rest of the day.)

 

Beets

Beets, freshly picked, ready to be roasted, and then used in a salad (thanks, @kathrynelliott, for the tasty suggestion)