This was actually last night's first main dish. The one I wasn't sure was all that good and then my husband came home and saved the day by adding salt. Once the salt was added, I loved it. I always want to make grain salads, but they seem to require so many fresh herbs. I did have fresh sage in the fridge, but I think it would have worked just fine with a little bit of dried. If you have fresh herbs, definately throw them in.
4 cups cooked quinoa
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 green bell pepper, finely diced
1/3 cup diced kalamata olives
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp thyme
2-3 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
1/2tsp -3/4 tsp salt
At Ten O'Clock
1. In food processor, blend together olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar and dried herbs. Set aside
2. In large bowl, stir together quinoa, beans, bell pepper and olives.
3. Pour dressing over salad. Add fresh sage and salt to taste. Mix well.
4. Chill until ready to eat.
Pull it out of the fridge and give it a good stir.
Jesse and I liked it. It was yummy and kind of refreshing. If I'm being totally honest, we ate a ton of it. It was good as a small side with dinner and excellent as the main course for lunch. The more time it had to marinate, the better it got.
Two sisters trying to make their families happy one dinner at a time
The Ten O' Clock Chef Philosophy
Trying to cook at dinner time normally leads to disaster at our homes. By early evening, young children are cranky, older children need to be chauffeured to sports or music practice, and homework needs to be done. Without a game plan, we usually end up eating grilled cheese sandwiches or, even easier, fast food. In a nutshell, dinnertime was seriously kicking our butts. Thus, the Ten O'Clock Chef idea was born. The only available time we had to cook, was either ten o'clock in the morning, or ten o'clock at night (or thereabouts). We needed healthy, fast, delicious meals that we could make ahead and serve at dinner. So, join us in this quest to have a make ahead meal every day, in the hope that our lives will run smoother and our husbands will be happier.