Jewels of the Earth Quinoa Salad and POM Giveaway Winners

Saturday, December 5, 2009

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First of all, I want to tell you how sorry I am that I’ve taken so long to announce my POM Giveaway winners!  I really and truly intended to post this several days ago.  I’ve been pushing up against a deadline on a very special freelance writing gig and all of my time and energy this week has been devoted to that.  I really can’t tell you about it yet, but it is something that I’m very excited about!  I promise to fill you in on all of the details as soon as I find out whether my article makes the cut.

Anyway, thanks to all of you who left so many great comments about your favorite ways to use pomegranates.  I was so impressed by all of your creative ideas!  But, I’m going to cut right to the chase and announce the three winners of a case of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice and a copy of Nigella Christmas.

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Okay, here it is – the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

And the winners are:

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Diane{createdbydiane.blogspot.com}, Sherry and Amy S.!!!

Congrats to all three of you!  I know you’re going to have a great time using your goodies!

Please make sure that you email me with your mailing addresses so that I can get your prizes out to you.

Did I mention that how totally inspired by all of your ideas for using pomegranates?  It’s true.  In fact, I was so inspired that I decided to create another tasty pomegranate dish for you.  This time I made a Jewels of the Earth Quinoa Salad.

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Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-WAH) is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.  Though not technically a grain, quinoa can substitute for nearly any grain in cooking.  Actually the seed of a leafy plant, quinoa is related to spinach, beets and Swiss chard. It has a lovely, nutty, flavor and a slightly chewy texture. Quinoa is an excellent source of protein, iron, potassium, B vitamins and other vitamins and minerals, including zinc, copper, and manganese, and magnesium, folic acid and vitamin E.  It is also high in dietary fiber and gluten free.  Most quinoa is grown in the Andes in South America, although some is now being cultivated in the Colorado Rockies as well. I am able to find quinoa at my local supermarket in the natural foods aisle.

Quinoa is cooked similarly to rice or other grains.  You need to rinse it first in a strainer or colander to remove any powdery residue.  Then, it is simmered in a bath of water or broth until tender.

I call my salad “Jewels of the Earth” because I add lots of brightly-colored vegetables, fruits and herbs to it that are first diced into small pieces.  When mixed into the quinoa, all those little bits look like tiny gems.  The vegetables, fruits and herbs are harvested from the earth – hence the name.  Even the quinoa kind of reminds me of tiny, little pearls.   (I hear you all groaning out there.  Just go with me on this one.  Okay?)

This salad is oh, so easy to make too.   I like to sauté my onions and carrots in some butter and olive oil first, and cook them with the quinoa.  I think it just brings out their sweetness a little.

Here’s how I do it…

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The rest of the jewels are added after the quinoa has been cooked and cooled.  Here is a picture of all the different “jewels” I added to my salad.  Of course, you can mix it up and add anything you like.  Notice how pretty the pomegranate arils look?  I call them the rubies of this salad.  They are so delicious in it.  You should definitely always add them.

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You can serve any kind of dressing with this salad, but I would recommend some kind of a vinaigrette.  A creamy dressing would just ruin the whole effect.  I usually use a good quality bottled Italian or Greek salad dressing, but this time I went all out and made a nice lemon vinaigrette.

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This is really pretty, delicious and healthy salad.  It’s a perfect dish to serve on a holiday buffet as well. Just look how festive it looks!

 

21 responses to Jewels of the Earth Quinoa Salad and POM Giveaway Winners

  1. On December 05, 2009 at 7:11am, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    What a beautiful salad! It’s one of those times I look at something that I know is actually good for me and I still want to eat it. ;-)

    Congrats to the winners.

  2. On December 05, 2009 at 8:00am, Rosa said...

    A beautiful and colorful salad!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. On December 05, 2009 at 9:10am, Paula said...

    Gorgeous salad!!! It looks so fresh and healthful! yummmm:)

  4. On December 05, 2009 at 9:16am, Bellini Valli said...

    Congratualtions to the winners. Let’s have more healthy and tasty quinoa to celebrate.

  5. On December 05, 2009 at 1:04pm, Karen@Mignardise said...

    We love quinoa, and I usually just make it in the summer. Not sure why. But this beautiful dish has me inspired to make it again soon! Thanks.

  6. On December 05, 2009 at 1:07pm, Sunita said...

    Susan, that’s one bejewelled salad indeed! Look beautiful; I’m a great fan of quinoa :-)

  7. On December 05, 2009 at 1:12pm, laura said...

    gorgeous! I love the salad Susan. Do I recognize that bowl perhaps? :D

  8. On December 05, 2009 at 1:42pm, Sherry said...

    Is that winner me??? Sherry isn’t a super common name so I guess it is!! This is the the first time I’ve ever won a giveaway and I am very thankful. I will definitely post about how I plan to use it! And the cookbook will be sooo fun. Again, thank you!

    My e-mail is: Volley_Chick23@msn.com

  9. On December 05, 2009 at 2:27pm, Lael Hazan said...

    Beautiful and yummy! A winning combination.

  10. On December 06, 2009 at 2:41am, Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

    You’re right, they DO look like jewels! COngratulations to the winners!

  11. On December 06, 2009 at 1:29pm, Ivy said...

    Congrats to the winners. The salad is so colourful and healthy.

  12. On December 06, 2009 at 5:58pm, pity said...

    i love quinoa, and the way it cracks in my mouth, and how healthy it is, lovely salad, full of coulour and flavour, well done! cheers from london

  13. On December 06, 2009 at 8:07pm, Donna said...

    Great recipe Susan, Just so happens that I have some quinoa and will be giving this recipe a try… YUMMY! Have a great day and Congrats to the winners of your contest!

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

  14. On December 06, 2009 at 11:21pm, CookiePie said...

    LOVE quinoa — your salad is beautiful!

  15. On December 07, 2009 at 9:42am, Lori @ RecipeGirl said...

    I need to making salad instead of Christmas cookies. This looks infinitely more healthy!!

  16. On December 07, 2009 at 11:28am, Amy S said...

    Wow! I can’t believe I won! I just emailed you under the “contact” page!

    This salad looks yummy! I have some quinoa to use too. :)

  17. On December 07, 2009 at 12:03pm, Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

    Congrats to all the winners! This is such a beautiful, colorful and healthy dish, Susan! I want to dig in right now!

  18. On December 07, 2009 at 4:23pm, la petite chef said...

    WOW looks and sounds amazing!! Colors pair so well together, looks so fresh! Awesome site!!

  19. On December 08, 2009 at 1:49pm, Manggy said...

    I love the bold colors of the salad :) (I love the bold colors of the photo, too!) My blog friends have been educating me about the joys of quinoa for maybe 2 years now but I’ve still yet to have any!

  20. On December 09, 2009 at 10:33pm, Liz - Meal Makeover Mom said...

    I’ve recently discovered quinoa and I love it. I even got my 11-year old to eat it like it was going out of style (I created a dish with chopped apricots, sliced almonds, diced bell pepper, cumin, and a few other goodies). I’m going to try your recipe and see what the troops think!

  21. On November 15, 2010 at 3:12pm, Christie said...

    This recipe looks so delightful I had to make it. The issue is the taste “confused” on first try. I would suggest you mix all the ingredients (reserving the extra dressing) and let the salad refrigerate overnight. In the morning you will be pleased and have a much tastier dish. You might not even need the extra dressing.

    In my experience, I made the salad in the morning and it wasn’t ready for a dinner party, mixed it all up and left the house with basic roasted potatoes. The salad in the morning to die for… it’s just a better with time recipe that needs to blend flavors and settle to make a cohesive side dish.

    Way to go to the winner… it is beautiful and yummy.

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