I know in all my social media (Bloglovin, Facebook, Instagram) it mentions ~Food~ as one of the things I do on this blog, and although it is incontestable that food is a huge part of my life, the truth is that we live in a house with a lot of light but with a tiny dark kitchen… As you can imagine, the photos are not very blog-worthy, so that’s why I have been postponing my culinary ideas for brighter (borrowed) kitchens.
This time though I convinced a good friend of mine to lend me his gorgeous house to prepare this treat AND to take the pics for the post. Aren’t I a lucky bean? ♥
With the 1st of May coming up, I thought we would celebrate Labour Day with some special menu with Middle–Eastern flavours.
The credits have to go to Mr. Vet who cooked this on a weekend after finding inspiration in Sabrina Ghayour’s cookbook Persiana (my anniversary gift to him, I must say, so part of the credit goes back to moi!). He added his own personal touch, as every time he plays chef, so here’s the result for your pleasure and enjoyment! You can thank me/him later 😉
This recipe is super easy to make and very tasty. It can be served as a tepid salad or straight from the pan; as a side dish or as a full meal with some extra greens. I picked it because it has a lot of yummy ingredients and attractive colours (of course!). A real treat for both your eyes and your taste buds. So let’s get cracking, shall we?
- 1 cup of quinoa (150gr – serves 3-4 people) – we used two colour quinoa for extra fun!
- 2 zucchini sliced in 1-cm thick slices
- 1 big red onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 2 generous handfuls of peeled pistachios
- 1 handful of dried cranberries
- Lemon zest, salt & pepper
- Lemon juice and chopped mint to dress and decorate
1. To cook the quinoa, put two portions of water for one of quinoa in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Then simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Turn the heat off and cover with a lid for 10 more minutes.
2. On a frying pan, toast the pistachios without any oil. Be careful not to burn them! We just want to slightly roast the nuts in order to extract all their flavour. Set aside.
3. On that same frying pan, add a drizzle of oil and cook the zucchini slices on both sides over medium heat. You want them to roast a bit on the outside but not to lose all their crunchiness (is that a word?). Set aside.
4. The last ingredients to be cooked are the garlic and the onion. You can use the same pan once more to fry the finely chopped ingredients until tender. I suggest adding the onion first, cooking for 4-5 minutes and then adding the garlic so that it doesn’t burn.
5. And on to the fun & rainbow-coloured part!! On a big pan or bowl, mix the cooled-down quinoa with the onion and the garlic, the zucchini, the cranberries, the chopped mint and some lemon zest. Toss everything until well integrated and add an extra drizzle of virgin olive oil and salt & pepper to taste.
6. Serve with lemon wedges for extra tanginess and some mint leaves for a green touch on the plate. Enjoy!
- You can replace the pistachios with pine nuts or other nuts if preferred and it will be equally delicious.
- If you are not a big fan of quinoa, prepare with any other grain, such as rice, couscous or even pasta.
Will you try your hand a this quinoa & pistachio dish during the long weekend? Can you recommend any other summery recipes, glamistas?
Let me know in the comments –I love reading your thoughts each week!
Happy 1st of May, my fellow labourers, hope you have a great spring break full of love and yummilicious things!
Peace & Love
Jean-Marc Eskdale, merci! ♥
Marta Carvalho6th May 2017 at 9:41 am
Oh my, this looks so yummy! And lovely pictures as well!
Saida6th May 2017 at 6:55 pm
Many thanks dearest, so glad you liked them! All credits to my lovely friend 😉 Hope you are having a great weekend, girl ♥
katesparkleandthecity5th May 2017 at 6:47 pm
I LOVED this salad!! Very healthy and seems very tasty too! Definately going to try it!
Saida5th May 2017 at 8:02 pm
Thank you dearest, you should definitely give it a go some time, promise you won’t regret it 😀
Ileana5th May 2017 at 5:12 pm
NammM! I love experimenting with quinoa… so I will need to try this recipe!
Saida5th May 2017 at 5:19 pm
Thank you so much for visiting and for your kind comment dear, do let me know if you try this one! Xx
didieryhc5th May 2017 at 3:05 pm
This sounds like a delicious salad! Quinoa and pistachios are two of my favourite salad ingredients so I’m definitely going to try out this recipe very soon! Thanks for sharing!
Saida5th May 2017 at 5:53 pm
Yup yup, same here Didier, perfect combination I tell you. Do let me know how it turns out and enjoy the much deserved weekend Xx
Andreea Birsan5th May 2017 at 2:21 pm
I adore quinoa, but I’ve never actually tried it in a salad! This warm salad you made looks really delicious and easy to cook, I’ll have to try it out during this weekend! Thanks for the idea. Wishing you a lovely weekend. xx
Saida5th May 2017 at 5:52 pm
If I make just one single person try this lovely recipe, then my mission will have been accomplished 😉 Hope you have a fab weekend, lovely Andrea :*
Siffat Haider5th May 2017 at 1:50 pm
This sounds delicious! I’m a sucker for anything pistachio, so this salad is totally calling my name. You also photographed it beautifully!
Saida5th May 2017 at 5:51 pm
Oh, I love pistachio so much Siffat, love the taste and the colour and even the word!! hahaha Thanks so much for your sweet comment, it really means the world to me that you keep on coming to my little corner ♥
carmitive5th May 2017 at 12:50 pm
This meal is total goals dear! I love quinoa and this mix sounds so good. I think I know what I will cook myself next 🙂
xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com
Saida5th May 2017 at 5:50 pm
So glad you liked it Carmen, hope you give it a go indeed! Happy weekend, gal Xx
Radi5th May 2017 at 12:46 am
I love to prepare quinoa. This recipe looks so delicious.
Saida5th May 2017 at 5:47 pm
Ah you are very kind, thanks a lot for reading love!
Veronica Lucy4th May 2017 at 10:55 pm
Wow wonderful post, love it! ♥
Maybe follow for follow? 🙂
Saida4th May 2017 at 11:29 pm
Glad you liked the recipe Veronica, thank you so much for stopping by 🙂
Steal4Style4th May 2017 at 1:05 pm
Tiene una pinta buenísima!! Me encantan los platos que llevan verduras y mezclan diferentes ingredientes, porque están llenos de sabor y son súper ligeros. Tengo muchas ganas de probar la quinoa, así que esta receta es la oportunidad perfecta! Muchas gracias por compartir la receta. Un saludo enorme!!
Saida4th May 2017 at 11:27 pm
Si no has probado nunca este cereal te lo recomiendo al 100%! A mí me encanta ♥ Cuéntame si te animas a hacer este plato, en mi opinión es sencillo de hacer y el éxito está asegurado en cuanto a sabor y color 🙂
surbhi4th May 2017 at 9:53 am
wow the best salad ever. I love how easy this looks . I am gonna try it too.
New post on my blog . Do drop by soon <3
Saida4th May 2017 at 11:25 pm
Thanks for visiting, Surbhi!
Katherine Tran3rd May 2017 at 7:58 pm
Your photos are amazing! This looks so good and healthy 🙂 I love quinoa!
Saida3rd May 2017 at 9:27 pm
If you love quinoa you have to try this Katherine, healthy and super tasty in one single dish 😉 Hope you are having a great week, lovely!
Neha Bhatt Bhagat3rd May 2017 at 2:20 pm
Wow..it looks so fab!! Kisses, Neha
Saida3rd May 2017 at 9:26 pm
Thank you beautiful, let me know if you decide to give it a go! Xx
Amy Arnold3rd May 2017 at 12:30 pm
I love quinoa as the base for a dish. This looks amazing!
Straight A Style
Saida3rd May 2017 at 9:26 pm
Thank you, Amy, it also tastes amazing. I can testify 🙂
violettedaily2nd May 2017 at 8:25 pm
This salad looks super delicious and makes me so hungry!
Saida3rd May 2017 at 12:28 am
Ahhh you should definitely give it a go Violette, I hope you won’t be disappointed 🙂 Happy week, la belle!
Dora Toubanaki2nd May 2017 at 4:02 pm
wow! I am seriously grateful for this! After living on mmy own I mostly eat simple and easy meals!
Saida2nd May 2017 at 4:46 pm
I know the feeling Dora, but I get bored easily if I eat the same stuff regularly, so that’s why I am always looking for fun and colourful meals to try out 😉 Happy week, gorgeous!
Grace Sawford2nd May 2017 at 3:12 pm
You took the pics so well, dear! I have to say, this looks really delicious! Gotta try this out at home!!
have a lovely day!!
Saida2nd May 2017 at 4:44 pm
Awww, you are too kind Grace, it means a lot that you came and liked this little post 🙂 The pic credits go to my amazing friend who always puts up with me and is a very talented photographer! Let me know if you try it indeed ♥
andathousandwords2nd May 2017 at 11:06 am
This looks amazing!! <3
I'm so hungry right now.
Saida2nd May 2017 at 4:43 pm
I promise it tastes as good as it looks Merel, plus is a healthy one 🙂 Give it a go and let me know how it turns out Xx
Jessi Malay1st May 2017 at 10:45 pm
This looks like such a healthy, wholesome meal babe! Looks absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing girlie <3
Saida1st May 2017 at 11:37 pm
Glad you liked the recipe Jessi, it is a healthy one indeed, so perfect for these pre-bikini months 😉 Happy week, beautiful!
The Fashion Folks1st May 2017 at 5:55 pm
Have never tried this but oh my, it sounds so yummy?! Love pistachio nuts so definitely have to try this later! Xx
Saida1st May 2017 at 11:33 pm
You have to try it Mia, I promise you won’t regret it (if you like quinoa at least half as I do! :P)
Have an awesome week ahead, lovely Xx
That New Dress (@ThatNewDress)1st May 2017 at 5:54 pm
Mmmmm this looks amazing! You captured all the shots so well too hun xx
Saida1st May 2017 at 11:32 pm
Glad you liked it, Dominique! Let me know if you try it out. Happy week!
emily1st May 2017 at 3:57 pm
Oh I love Quinoa! I am definitely going to be trying this recipe out, it looks (and sounds!) delicious!
Saida1st May 2017 at 11:31 pm
Let me know how it turns out, Emily! Would love to read about it 🙂
Le Blonde30th April 2017 at 2:19 pm
OMG!!! I love quinoa so bad and this dish looks incredible!! I’m definitively going to try this at home!! Thanks for sharing.
Saida30th April 2017 at 4:07 pm
If you are a quinoa enthusiast (just like me!) you should definitely try this one, I promise you won’t be disappointed! Happy Sunday, beautiful girl