Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Roasted Vegetables and Quinoa Salad

We are on vacation final count down!  Tomorrow morning we leave for the Jersey shore, should I bring lots of eye shadow and learn how to tease my hair?

Last night was the church chicks and this time I actually planned ahead!  There were a bunch of fresh veggies in the fridge that needed to get used before we go away so I made a Roast Vegetables and Quinoa Salad with lemon vinaigrette.  Sounds fancy and hard but other than the chopping was fairly easy.

Roasted Vegetables and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

1 cup cooked Quinoa
1 largish sweet potato peeled and cut into decent size hunks
1 large onion chopped into larger pieces
1/2 pound brussel sprouts, ends cut off and cut in half
1 largish yellow summer squash cut up
A couple of sprigs of Thyme
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Lemon Vinaigrette

1/3 cup lemon juice
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon (or so) Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh chives
1 tablespoon dill
salt and pepper

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Put all the vegetables onto the baking dish, put some olive oil, salt and pepper on them than mix it all up so everybody has some on them, get them into a single layer (I use a cookie sheet with foil on it) put the thyme on top.  Bake for about a 1/2 hour stirring every 10 minutes or so.  When the veggies are cooked and browned slightly, remove from the oven and allow to cook.

Put the Quinoa into a bowl and add the cooked veggies.  Place all the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl and with a whisk, mix until it is emulsified (you will know what that looks like when you see it).  Pour over the salad, mix and serve!

I did not bring any of the salad home last night (YEAH!!!) but did get a large piece of Red Velvet cake from Saffrons for Michael!


  1. I've never seen the Jersey shore...I hope you'll take lots of pics and post them.

    have a wonderful time...salt air is the BEST for hair - gives that "Farrah" effect...
    do you have a one piece red suit??

    have fun!!!!

    1. The Jersey shore is the only beach I have ever been to that you have to pay to go onto.....

      Have had the Farrah hair! Might have to play up on that one!

      No one piece red suit...a two piece brown and pink suit that has a cute skirt...guess that's not really jersey!

      Taking the camera and extra batteries! Pictures to follow some time next week!

  2. Mom, I love you, and because of that I will not release photos that show you may already know how to tease your hair.

    Also, yummy looking "recipe". Now I want Brussels Sprouts. Drat you. Also also, woot, I think that's accidentally vegan!

    And--Thinking about saffron's cakes makes me hungry.

    Enjoy your vacation, Mommy lady. Don't cause too many problems, and don't forget to send the dog with his squeaky bone. He might be happy without you, but he'd be sad without it.

    1. Thanks for keeping the hair pictures under cover. The recipe was good and I will make it for you when you finally get home!

      The cake was sinful, Michael didn't eat all his icing so I had some just a few minutes ago..mmmmm

      I thought about bringing the squeaky bone and then decided not to. I don't want it to get lost and than be without one here at the house. I think you are right, he will miss his toy more than us.

  3. Ooh, how did I not see this until now? Looks fab!