papaya and quinoa salad with mexican dressing

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

sea salt

salad ingredients

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…



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  1. […] the constant bombardment of fabulous dishes from fellow bloggers, and with fruit galore in our kitchen for Rob, there continues to be a […]

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