Perk up that Quinoa

I had no idea what to call this recipe.  I was supposed to make this for Monday night but I remembered, we had a wedding to go to and there was no need for me to cook.  I changed things around a bit and here we are with one of the best meals, I have had in a while.  I think it is better than the fancy meal served at the wedding.  

Giving a name to a recipe that I put together, with what is on hand, is a challenge and in this case, I came to a dead-end.  Listing the ingredients for a title seems wrong and boring. I thought about what I did and that was to perk up the quinoa. Quinoa is something that takes on the identity of the ingredients or other foods on the plate.  Like rice, barley, orzo or kasha, you can vary what you do with it in innumerable ways.  I think, quinoa is the easiest to cook especially with many of the ones on the store shelves do not need to be rinsed.

To make this recipe work, do a lot of the prep  before hand.  
  • Cook up two cups of quinoa and put aside.  Follow the directions on the package.
  • Cook a piece of salmon (I poached it on top of the stove or 20 minutes so not to turn on the oven.) 
  •  Chop your basil and spinach,  
  • Chop cauliflower  into bite sized pieces.  
  • Combine honey and soy sauce.
Put  all the above aside and it becomes an easy meal to make.


2 cups cooked quinoa
1 small red onion, sliced
1 1/2 cups chopped cauliflower
2 cups, chopped or sliced fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 salmon fillet, cooked and cut into small pieces
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup soy sauce without salt and gluten-free (for my hubby)


You have done all the above which means you simply mix all the ingredients except the sauce.  When everything is combined, add the honey-soy sauce and gently mix it with the other ingredients.  

Heat in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes or until hot.

Eat and enjoy

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  1. Beautiful! healthy, light and delicious for summer. Blessings, Catherine

  2. I have been cooking more and more with quinoa. Always looking for recipes. Pinned.


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