Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Everyday Chickpea-Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Everyday Chickpea-Quinoa Salad, pg. 16

It was El Hombre's night to cook, so I did some of the prep work for him earlier in the day, and left the rest for him to finish and have on the table by the time the girls and I got home. We had the salad with some cooked greens, sliced cucumbers and carrot sticks, and some whole-grain bread.

The balsamic dressing was the key element to bring everything together for this salad. I've generally found that balsamic dressings are usually boring and predictable, but this recipe here was probably the best one I've ever had. It is a cashew-based dressing, which gave it a nice creamy, emulsified texture.

The main components of the salad are all some of my favorites - chickpeas, quinoa, romaine lettuce - but the dish would have been unremarkable if not for the dressing. Did I mention the balsamic dressing was really good?

We did not include any of the optional add-ins suggested by Isa this time, but next time I definitely would play around with it more. Shredded carrots, fresh basil, chopped tomatoes, and even a few kalamata olives would be great, I think.


Tamie Spears said...

I love the dressing on this, too! My kids are absolutely addicted. We always add more veggies to the salad and sometimes I leave out the chickpeas if we are having something else with it that has protein.

Jules said...

Hi Tamie - my kids really like the dressing too, but my youngest refers to it as "the one that tastes like hotdogs." Isn't that funny?!?