I adapted this recipe to the ingredients I could find back home in Chicago and substituted white rice for red quinoa. I also added a vinaigrette since I was not making sambal. You will have a great salad as long as you use all the herbs, roots and plants you can find in your grocery store, the more you put into your salad, the better it will be. You can add or substitute anything; you can use brown rice, white rice, quinoa, farro, beans...
Since it is still winter, I like to add a warm ingredient to the salad. In this case, I am cooking the quinoa and when it is still warm I am adding all the ingredients.
You can make this salad when you have guests and it will look amazing and very original if you place it on a banana leave.
RED QUINOA SALAD WITH MANGO, AVOCADO, LEMONGRASS AND HERBS
1 and 1/2 cups of red quinoa
1 and 1/2 cups of water
1 avocado (small cubes for salad and slices to decorate)
1 mango (small cubes for salad and slices to decorate)
2 tablespoons of minced fresh turmeric
2 tablespoons of minced lemongrass
2 tablespoons of minced parsley
2 tablespoons of minced mint
2 tablespoons of minced chives
2 tablespoons of minced marjoram
1 cup of micro green kale
For the vinaigrette
4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
zest of one lime
juice of one lime
salt and pepper
In a medium saucepan put the quinoa and water and bring to a boil; cover and simmer for 15 minutes; remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes before uncovering. Remove with a fork and transfer to a bowl.
Add the cubed avocados, cubed mangos, turmeric, lemongrass, parsley, mint, chives and marjoram.
Add vinaigrette and mix well. Transfer to a serving plate, bowl or banana leave and decorate with sliced mango, avocado, kumquats and micro green kale.
|Add all the herbs, roots and plants you can find and mince them finely|
|Presentation in a bowl|