Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Quinoa Tuna Salad

Here's how I know I like food: On the bus today, amongst my fellow familiar passengers (tattooed face guy, pretty eyes, crocs with socks, scary handsome, etc), I was traveling along listening to my iPod and daydreaming about making this salad when I got home later in the day. On the exterior I assume I look somewhat normal but really, mental food montages of what lives in my fridge and pantry were floating through my head.

I had it pretty well figured out by the time I arrived at my destination and when I got home today, I whipped it together fast. The quinoa cooks quick, just about 10 minutes, and my pencil-thin asparagus only needed to be added to the simmering grains for a minute longer.

While that was happening, I chopped up the bell pepper and chives, blended the vinaigrette, and combined it all in a bowl. I would say I was done in about 20 minutes tops and clean-up was minimal. This salad has simple, and few, ingredients but it's quite bright, fresh-tasting and satisfying.

For two servings:
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 6 ounces canned albacore tuna, drained
  • 1 cup asparagus, cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped chives

Cook the quinoa in lightly boiling water until translucent, about 10 minutes, add the asparagus and boil for 1-2 minutes more. Drain and set aside.

While the quinoa is cooking, combine the tuna, bell pepper, and capers in a bowl.

In a blender, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, chives and a pinch of kosher salt. Blend until emulsified.

Add the cooked quinoa and asparagus to the bowl with the other ingredients. Pour the vinaigrette over and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve warm or chilled.


Anonymous said...

Yum! I'm inching my way towards liking tuna, so maybe this will be a good intro recipe to try. Thanks for sharing!

Jessie said...

Yum! I made it last night for today's lunch. I couldn't find any good asparagus last night so doubled the bell peppers. Thank you for such a bright cheery salad for this lovely spring day.