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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Youth Crew's Quinoa Salad

Our Youth Crew does a little bit of everything on the farm. They help us harvest once a week, roll in with the weed crew, and take care of our learning garden. Today they did something new, they cooked! This afternoon this group of 7 teens made a delicious and filling quinoa salad using fresh veggies from the farm. They used a recipe from the food blog Oh She Glows as a rough guide that can be found here. Below is our version of the recipe, but you can substitute anything you have on hand. Any fresh veggies grated are delicious and the quinoa really makes it substantial and filling.

   For the salad:
       1 cup uncooked quinoa
       1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
       1.5 cups cilantro
       4 scallions
       1 shallot
       3 carrots
      2-3 beets
       1 summer squash
   For the dressing
       1/4 cup lime juice
       1/2 cup olive oil
       1 handful cilantro leaves
       1 teaspoon maple syrup
       1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Rinse and cook the quinoa. Cook in 1.5 cups water, bring to a boil and then simmer for 15-20 minutes (until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy)
  2. Slice the summer squash into circles and grill until browned and tender (or grate and use raw if you don't have time to grill!)
  3. Chop cilantro, scallions, and the shallot
  4. Grate the carrots and beets raw using a hand grater or a food processor
  5. Combine all of the prepared vegetables with the quinoa and the black beans
  6. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a bowl together and pour over salad
Enjoy! And keep your eyes out for a 'meet the Youth Crew' post! 

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