Saturday, July 19, 2008

Lemon, Sundried Tomato,Basil Quinoa

A very nice summer salad cold, although Partner prefers his warmed. Lemon, basil and sundried tomatoes- how much fresher can you get?
Lemon, Sundried Tomato and Basil Quinoa

1 1/2c uncooked Quinoa
1 3/4c water
2Tbsp chicken stock
1 lemon
Fresh basil
5 sundried tomato halves (dried-not packed in oil!)
dash cayenne pepper

Reconstitute dried sundried tomatoes by soaking them in water overnight, or by placing them in water and microwaving them for 1 min. Drain and let cool. Chop.
In a saucepan, combine quinoa, water and stock. Bring to a boil over med-high heat, turn to medium heat and boil for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let sit until all the liquid is absorbed. Use approximately 5 fresh basil leaves and their stems, chop finely. Put in a bowl. Juice fresh lemon over the basil, then zest the lemon into the mixture as well. Add chopped, reconstituted sundried tomatoes, cayenne pepper and salt. Stir basil, lemon, tomatoe and spice mixture. When quinoa is cooled, toss with dressing mixture. Serve cold.

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