I follow several food bloggers on Instagram, and I came across one that had this great idea when it came to making her grocery list. She first writes down what she already has in her kitchen, then forms a plan for what she will make from the existing items and then purchases the needed items. It cuts down remarkably on the amount of money that is spent and also on the amount of food waste. So, I looked around my kitchen and I had quinoa that I had barely used. In addition, I had some produce that was just about close to expiration and needed to be eaten very quickly. That is where the idea of “quinoa salad” came about. The ingredients I had were the quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, green onions and feta cheese. I could have easily created a dressing and if I hadn’t found the Green Goddess by Tessemae’s then I would have. In substitute, I would have put olive oil, with garlic, salt, pepper, lemon, and possibly basil or oregano.
Fortunately, it turned out wonderfully. I cooked the quinoa as directed from the bag and once it was done, I let it cool on my counter for a few hours. Once the quinoa was cooled, I tossed all the ingredients together, added dressing until my taste was satisfied along with some pink Himalayan sea salt and then….bam…perfection. It was so tasty that I can’t even describe, you just have to try it for yourself. It was simple and easy, just the way I like it.