my quest to move through the sprouted kitchen’s cookbook has begun. this salad titled, ‘papaya and red quinoa salad with mexican caesar dressing,’ is a funky take on salad. when i took my first bite i imagined the authors eating a bbq dinner of a tangy romaine salad, a sweet and fruity quinoa dish, and some spicy/nutty meat. i bet they accidentally took a bite of it all together and thought, ‘genius!’ sometimes this is how things come to me (yeah, i think i’m a genius every time). deconstructing and reconstructing the ingredients on my plate.
as i write this i am realizing this is NOT how they put together this dish as there is a description of how they came to the recipe on the same page as the recipe itself. i’m so observant. they actually went to mexico and ate dinner in a local restaurant where they developed this great idea.
let’s pretend they are as hodge podgey as me. completely awkward..
i made this to accompany the gazpacho i posted yesterday. they were lively together.
this is me, holding my hands super stead.
papaya and quinoa salad adapted from the sprouted kitchen
mexican caesar dressing
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
3 tablespoons non-fat greek yogurt
1 teaspoon ground ancho chile powder – this tastes like a mixture of cayenne, chili powder, and sugar (just in case you don’t have this. i didn’t.)
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
handful fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small papaya
1 large head of romaine lettuce, chopped
3/4 cup of cooked quinoa, cooled
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/3 cup roasted pepitas (put raw pepitas at low under the broiler until they start to pop, about 2 minutes. sprinkle sea salt over them.)
1. combine the dressing ingredients in a food processor. season to taste with salt.
2. peel the papaya, scoop out the seeds, and chop into half inch squares.
3. in a large mixing bowl, combine all salad ingredients. toss with half the dressing, add dressing to individual bowls if needed.
*thank you sprouted kitchen for another killer*
before i let you go… this recipe called for parmesan cheese instead of greek yogurt, and much more of it. check out other ways (and my favorite way) to slim down a meal…