Totally Random Quinoa Salad

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Some ingredients just go together:

Lime and coconut

Honey and lavender

Chocolate and peanut butter

Last night’s dinner had a total of zero ingredients that go together. I literally pulled things out of cabinets and shelves at random to come up with this quinoa salad.

To start, I cooked the quinoa in my rice cooker, and added a teaspoon of dried rosemary and a few dashes of truffle salt to the water while it cooked so the quinoa would be infused with a nice rosemary-truffle flavor. How’s that for a new combo? I just thought it’d taste good, so I went with it.

Once the quinoa had cooked and cooled (overnight in the fridge), I added in a diced lone red pepper that was hanging out in the produce drawer, and diced two squares of teriyaki tofu. So now we have a truffle-rosemary-teryaki thing going on.

For a dressing, I poured in half of a bottle of champagne vinaigrette dressing I had used for this recipe, and then for some crunch and sweetness I added in about 1/3 cup crushed cashews and 1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries. Here is the flavor profile:

Rosemary

Truffle salt

Champagne vinaigrette

Teriyaki

Nutty cashews

Sweet pepper

Sour cranberries

And somehow…somehow they all worked together. Or maybe it was just because Funk and I were exceptionally hungry when we ate it. I wouldn’t go serving this dish to a dinner party of Food Network Star finalists, but it worked for us.

What random ingredients do you like to pair together?

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4 Comments

  1. Posted August 24, 2012 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    I love watching cooking shows and reading posts of healthy and delicious everyday meals. I love making different types of salads and this one just suits me. But which additional ingredient is better, lime and coconut or chocolate and peanut butter?

  2. Posted August 24, 2012 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    I love watching cooking shows and reading posts of healthy and delicious everyday meals. I love making different types of salads and this one just suits me. But which additional ingredient is better, lime and coconut or chocoloate and peanut butter?

  3. Posted August 24, 2012 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    I will take quinoa any way I can get it! I did a similar randomly thrown together recipe last night–corn, eggplant, poblano, oregano, and queso fresco. My husband was totally giving me the side-eye on that one, but it turned out good!

  4. Janel
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    I love when a throw together meal totally surprises you with a tasty outcome!

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