Special Ingredient Game ( Collaboration From Food Bloggers Around The World.)
December 15, 2014
Hello Hello my friends. On todays post, I am sharing a fun and unique SPECIAL INGREDIENT GAME that my friend Eleni from My Easy Gourmet came up with a few weeks ago. Here is the fun part: SPECIAL INGREDIENT ORANGE. You have to come up with 1 recipe that is either savory or sweet with our special ingredient. I love orange and it definitely falls under Winter food. I decided to do a savory recipe. Since I love love love quinoa I came up with a Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Ala Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette. Sounds interesting right?! It was a very colorful and tasty dish in deed. Check out my recipe below along with my wonderful food bloggers who were also involved in this fun game. CHEERS~
~Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Alla Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette~
1 cup quinoa cook per package directions
2 cups water
1 cube chicken bouillon
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of ground pepper
1/2 lemon, reserve juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 orange, peel and cut in cubes.
1 orange, reserve juice
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 tablespoon butter
Cook quinoa according to package. Place chicken bouillon in boiling water.
Add garlic to water, and cook for about 15 minutes or until quinoa is done.
Gather the scallions, kalamata olives, feta cheese, bell pepper, orange cubes, pomegranate seeds, herbs, and parsley in a large bowl. Mix to combine. Add the lemon juice, and olive oil over the mix. Add quinoa and mix to combine.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, balsamic vinegar, and orange juice. Cook until the sauce has thickened. (About three minutes.)
Serve the Mediterranean quinoa salad on a plate, and gently drizzle the orange reduction over the top.
***This dish is paired wonderful with some focaccia bread.