Monday, November 21, 2011

Bruschetta Quinoa Salad

At 5:15 last night I looked in the fridge to see what I could fix very quickly. We had to leave for the Thanksgiving service at church by 5:45 and I still had to cook, eat, and get Faith looking a little less disheveled. So this is what I found in the fridge.

Left over quinoa, which I have often in the fridge, and some bruschetta.

I thought to myself, "I bet I could mix those two together and heat it up for a pretty tasty dinner. I bet I could throw in some spinach too for something green and maybe top it with some cheese." When I opened the fridge to get some mozzarella I saw the chicken sausage sitting there. Hmmm....that would be good in there too.

And very delicious it was! I was so sad when I got to the end of this bowl but very happy I have discovered yet another way I love to eat quinoa. Plus I whipped this meal up in under 5 minutes! Awesome and filling!

Bruschetta Quinoa Salad for One
Approximate Measurements:
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup bruschetta
hand full of spinach
one chicken sausage sliced and cooked
1/4 cup mozzarella

P.S. I bought the bruschetta at Sam's but I am sure you can find something similar at the grocery store.

Now back to menu planning and cleaning. Hopefully later today or tomorrow I can share some of my healthy plans for our Thanksgiving meal.

Post Publish Update: I have since made this salad for several occassions and so many people have loved it and asked about it. I thought I sould update the recipe for a bigger version.

Bruschetta Quinoa Salad for More
1 1/2 -2 cups dry quinoa, rinsed and cooked (will make 5-6 cups)
1 container of bruschetta (around 20-24 ounces)
1-2 cups spinach loosely packed
4-5 chicken sausages diced and cooked
1/2 cup fresh mozzarella or parmesan (plus more to top if desired)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
optional: add in an additional diced tomato or two and some Italian seasoning.

Note: I usually cook the quinoa in chicken broth for this salad instead of water. Two cups dry quinoa can be a little much depending on how many people you need to serve. Sometimes I reserve out a cup or so of the cooked quinoa for other things.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm Italian, a bruschetta is a slice of bread roasted and seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and garlic, in some regions also tomatoes are added.. so what is that thing in the container ??? :-(