Alisia’s Quinoa Salad

I had a fantastic weekend – my granddaughter Alisia and my son Alex visited with us. Alisia is three months shy of 16, and lately, she’s been on a health track. I am understandably excited about it, since this is the same girl who had insisted on sticking chicken nuggets into a sushi roll, when she was 4. We did make sushi for dinner on Sunday- sans chicken nuggets! – but in the morning, before we left for the Vizcaya Museum, Alisia made her signature salad with quinoa, chick peas, and other healthy stuff, for a picnic at Vizcaya. With her permission, I am posting the recipe.

Every grandmother thinks that her grandchildren are special, but Alisia is objectively exceptional! Yes, I know, “all animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.”  See for yourself (to open the PowerPoint presentation, click on the link and start the slide show. It is short, but truly astonishing!):

Alisia the Flying Trapeze Artist

In addition to gymnastics and acrobatics, she already has quite an experience performing in plays, especially in musicals. Having a powerful and richly resonant contralto, she once played both Tevye and his wife Golde in two different amateur productions during the same year! You can skip my grandmotherly bragging and scroll right down to the recipe, but you may want to take a few minutes to enjoy a lovely duet.

A shopping list had been given to me ahead of time. It included quinoa, cabbage, carrots, chick peas, alfalfa sprouts,and tahini paste. To save time, I cooked quinoa, shredded cabbage, and grated carrots before their arrival.

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In addition to tahini paste, Alisia requested garlic, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. Dressing had to be made first, so all these ingredients were dumped into a mini-food processor.

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Garlic was minced first, then everything else was added and pulsed until well blended.

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Transferred into a “traveling cup,” it looked thick and creamy, but not a bit oily. Sea salt and fresh ground pepper would be sprinkled on the salad when fully assembled. We covered the dressing securely for traveling, as the salad was supposed to be dressed right before serving. The salad would travel naked. Oh, well, on South Beach people do that, too.

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This picture keeps turning sideways, no matter what I try. Let it be that way, then. I am not fighting stubborn pictures, especially since all ingredients are clearly visible. 

We had my precooked, or, rather, pre-steamed quinoa, finely shredded cabbage, grated carrots, drained and rinsed chick peas, and alfalfa sprouts. There is a definite order to it, said Alisia, and the beauty is in the presentation.

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She really assembled this salad, as a work of art, starting with quinoa as the foundation, then adding chick peas, covering it all with shredded cabbage, topping with grated carrots, and fluffing some alfalfa as a finishing touch.

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You can see all five layers of vegetables. According to Alisia, this is how it should be served, dressed at the table. I can visualize the beauty of this salad presented in a clear or pastel-hued bowl. I think it will become a staple for feeding a bunch of people either in shul, or at a Melave Malka in my house. It is full of protein and quite filling, and we are a sushi and salad crowd here! We didn’t actually dress the salad at this point; we just pretended, for the sake of taking a picture. We covered it and packed a cooler with picnic-type gear. And off we went to the breathtaking beauty of Villa Vizcaya, built by James Deering (of the Deering Tractors fortune) in the beginning of the 20th century, imitating the Tuscan and Venetian Renaissance style.

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Some beautiful pictures of Vizcaya, taken by Alisia, as well as some beautiful pictures of Alisia, taken by her dad, are gathered in this collage. This is a truly stunning place worth visiting and exploring. It has become a favorite site for romantic occasions, such as weddings, anniversaries, and milestone birthdays. While there, we chanced upon a young man proposing to his lady, the young lady accepting, and when they finalized it with a kiss, we respectfully gave them their privacy and turned away.  We also saw a very pretty girl being photographed in her pink Quince gown, surrounded by a happy family.

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We found a bench in the shade, and Alisia served her yummy creation. Since taking selfies while stuffing one’s face is a literally shaky perspective, we asked a passersby to take this picture, and he was happy to oblige.

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The visit was wonderful, but woefully short! They had to fly back to Boston the next day. Good bye, Alex, you are a ray of sunshine! And good bye, my kukla, my beautiful Alisia!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup uncooked)
  • 2 cups chick peas or 1 can
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup grated carrot (1 large carrot)
  • Alfalfa sprouts to garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Dressing:

  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup tahini paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

PROCEDURE

  • Prepare dressing first. Mince garlic, add the rest of dressing ingredients, pulse in a blender or food processor until well blended and smooth. Put aside.
  • Precook quinoa as you like. I prefer to soak it for 10 minutes, then steam for 10 more minutes, and fluff with a fork. You can just cook it in a rice cooker, like you would cook rice. Make sure it is completely cooled off.
  • In a bowl, assemble vegetables in this order: quinoa as foundation, then chick peas, then cabbage, then carrots.
  • Fluff some alfalfa on top and sprinkle salt and pepper.
  • Serve and dress at the table.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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44 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks delicious!
    Bonne appetit ❤

    Sabrina 🐫🍋🍒
    http://www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

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    1. Thank you, and thank you for stopping by!

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      1. Are you on Instagram or fb? Lets connect, I am @organicisbeautiful ❤

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      2. No, I am sorry, I am not. I don’t do social media other than this blog, and I’ll be very happy to connect with you here!

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  2. You’ve got a beautiful and talented granddaughter 🙂

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  3. I got distracted from the recipe, though…

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    1. Thank you! I am really sorry you got distracted from the recipe, but I couldn’t help it! I haven’t mentioned some other things about her, such as academic excellence, ballet, piano, guitar, football (the real one, called here soccer), piloting a motor boat since the age of 12, and much more. She has already been told that she would be welcomed both into Brandeis and Brown universities because her parents are alumni, but she stuck her nose up – only Harvard, and then Harvard Med school. I can brag forever – I am sorry! But do you think

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      1. …got cut off by a helpful cat, sorry! Do you think I should re-post the recipe sans bragging?

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      2. if grandparents didn’t brag about their grandchildren the world would end! Do it, it’s your duty! 🙂

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      3. Thank you for your kindness!

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  4. That looks like a good salad!

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    1. Thank you, and thank you for stopping by and for the like!

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  5. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    My apologies to those of you, Beautiful People, who have seen this post before. However, my guess is that most you haven’t. In any case, I haven’t seen my granddaughter since June, I missed her terribly, and that’s why I am repeating her recipe.

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  6. Looks lovely, hope you get to see your grandaughter again very soon you must be very proud
    Brooke

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  7. Tali says:

    Nothing is more fun than spending time with your loved ones. Glad to hear you had a nice weekend with your son and granddaughter. Alisia is very pretty and I like her hair color a lot 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I also think that it’s a big improvement for green and purple hair, the way she had it for a while. But I’ve always said to kids that it’s not what on the head, but what’s inside the head that counts!

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  8. rayneq04 says:

    Seems yummy! I might give this a try although I’m a terrible cook haha. thanks for sharing! p.s: what a nice relationship you have with your granddaughter! ^^

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    1. Thank you! Don’t knock yourself down, just take your favorite ingredients, toss them together, and enjoy yourself! I have four more grandchildren, younger and much younger, and I try to be close with all of them. That’s what life is about when you reach a certain age!

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      1. rayneq04 says:

        You’re very welcome. And will follow your advice! Yep, family is very important at any age I might add 😊

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  9. Roxie says:

    How delightful, your granddaughter is amazing, I know you’re proud, should be too! Lovely recipe, thanks!

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  10. Osyth says:

    Chapeau Alisia, that salad is full of good things and full of things I love. Definitely one for me to try. And how talented she is! My third daughter also does arial work – when I next see her I will share the slide show of Alisia …. I know she will be impressed (by the way my daughter is 25 in November so older and I think she will be amazed at the strength Alisia shows). But the real kismet is this. I have a dear friend and his wife (it’s a funny story for sometime on my blog) visiting. Robert is an Opera Singer (retired except for village duties – his words). I played the clip of the girls singing and he asked me to particularly say to Alisia that not only does she have a lovely voice but that she uses it beautifully to support the more showy (they always are apparently) soprano. He was really very impressed with her control and musical feel. He is looking over my shoulder as I type … say hello to Dolly, Robert ‘Hello Dolly – well hellooooo Dolly’ … he actually sung the whole song for you. There we have it Salad Days extraordinaire … thank you Dolly … you have made all three of us smile and thank you Alisia who certainly was the catalyst 🙂

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    1. Dear Osyth, please say hello to Robert for me!
      Robert, in my undergraduate days, when I walked into a room, someone would always jump to a piano or grab a violin and play “the whole song;” it’s always ringing in my ears to remind me of friends who are scattered all over the globe now.
      I thank you for all the compliments extended to my granddaughter. She is very strong because she has been in gymnastics since the age of 18 months and has won several medals in her age groups up to last year, when high school demands and a trip to France made it impossible to continue. That’s when she switched to acrobatics.
      She also had voice lessons for several years already, and right now she is a part of Junior Choir of the State of Massachusetts (of course it is the sopranos who always get the limelight!). I will definitely relate Robert’s comments to her.
      If you don’t stop me, I’ll brag about Alisia ’till the end of days, so let me wish you a wonderful weekend – enjoy each other’s company! 😻

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  11. weggieboy says:

    It looks delicious! I’d make it in a smaller quantity, but I bet I’d eat a half recipe in two meals, it looks so tasty! Your granddaughter is an imaginative, creative cook.

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    1. Thank you so much! I’ll relate your comment to Alisia. It is so light that you don’t even notice it disappear. 😻

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  12. I am so impressed by the younger generation. The “bad boys” get most of the press, but I have me so MANY young men and women that easily outdo the press coverage . 🙂

    Alicia is a truly shining example. Loved the ppt and the duet. NOW to try her salad!
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    1. Thank you so much, on behalf of Alisia! However, she has been the focus of everybody’s attention from the moment she was born: gymnastics, ballet, piano, voice lessons, private schools, etc. I don’t think my son has more than one suit to his name, and I’ve never seen my daughter-in-law in a formal gown. Everything they have goes into Alisia’s education. I am talking about kids from underprivileged backgrounds. The ones that seem “weird” are usually the brightest!

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      1. Lucky Alisia! I have noted that about the underprivileged kids as well – and sometimes with the uber rich (who can also be some of the most rebellious in other ways as well).
        xx,
        mgh

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      2. I have had some “uber rich” students – not my favorite kind, but there are exceptions.

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      3. Yes, as with any group. The parents must be careful to instill values from the time the kids are small in that case – which has to be tough when ever one you know is wealthy and their kids want for NOTHING.
        xx,
        mgh

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      4. I don’t think values have much to do with wealth unless it’s nouveau riche wealth.

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      5. I was thinking of philanthropy: if you’ve got it, share it.
        xx,
        mgh

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      6. Ah, and I was thinking of entitlement.

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      7. Many certainly are. I’m not sure HOW you raise a child in gratitude when s/he is surrounded by excess.
        xx,
        mgh

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      8. Somehow my grandmother’s parents had managed not only to do that, but also instill the ability to do that in their children. I think it has to do with our concept that we don’t own anything, but everything we have is temporarily entrusted into our custody by G-d. Therefore, it is our obligation to express our gratitude to Him many times every day and share with those less fortunate – it’s a law. Another important concept is that He allows us to earn, regardless of our efforts. That is not to say that one could sit with his thumb up his whachamacalit – efforts must be made, of course, but ultimate results are in His hand. Therefore, we are grateful for everything He thinking effectively bestows upon us.
        You do see how this kind of thinking effectively prevents entitlement and engenders gratitude, don’t you?

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      9. ABSOLUTELY! However, except for the new uber-wealthy entrepreneurs, etc., the “entitled” kids had parents who grew up with everything they wanted too (and relatives up the line, often back to the “Robber Barons”) – so there is no one able/willing to teach those important lessons in so many cases. VALUES – and gratitude is an important source of those.
        xx,
        mgh

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  13. Loved that creation, Dolly. Your grand daughter is indeed amazing.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Pranitha, and thank you on behalf of my granddaughter!

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      1. Please tell her that I intend to try that soon

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      2. I certainly will, and I am sure she’ll appreciate your kind words!

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