We are now getting gorgeous cherries, the deepest red, sweet, tasty and succulent – beautiful in a salad.
The other day I had quinoa cooked in coconut milk for breakfast, with cherries. It was an idea from one of my favorite blogs, In pursuit of more , and it was so delicious!
Quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse – its protein content is higher than in any other grain , it is also a perfect source of dietary fiber and ion.
To develop more of this good stuff I decided to make a salad – cherries with quinoa!
I made a red quinoa salad tossed in a cherry/garlic dressing, served with walnuts, more cherries and crumbled creamy goat cheese on top – it turned out to be so good that we made it 3 days in a row!
Here’s the recipe:
Cook 2 cups of red quinoa according to package. Put it aside to cool.
For the dressing:
15 fresh cherries, pitted
2 spoons of good balsamic vinegar
6 -8 spoons of olive oil
1 clove of garlic
Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend to a smooth dressing consistency.
Add the dressing to the quinoa – stir it and arrange it in a serving dish. On top add 15 pitted cherries chopped coarsely, add coarsely chopped walnuts and sprinkle with some crumbled creamy goat cheese and some fresh basil leaves.
Cherries are known as a true super fruit – cherries are high in pectin, a soluble fiber that helps to prevent heart disease by lowering the “bad” cholesterol. Scientists have identified a group of naturally occurring chemicals abundant in cherries that helps lower blood sugar in people with diabetes, the berries have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce joint pain and arthritis. They are also high in antioxidants helping to prevent heart disease and cancer, they contain melatonin which helps regulate heart rhythm and improve sleep – they are packed with vitamin A, C and E !! So — mixed with the marvelous quinoa this dish becomes a potent and delicious dish, boosting your health with every bite.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates, father of medicine, 413 B.C.
Oh my, I can see why you made it 3 days in a row! I made the coconut milk quinoa off IPOM too! I served it with dinner though and hoped I would have leftovers for breakfast. Didn’t happen ;)!
Yes, I do that all the time – make extra and dream of having leftovers for breakfast or lunch – but dream on 🙂
Haha! I’m going to have to make it again. It looked too yummy to miss out on. Your salad was equally gorgeous!
Thank you so much also for stopping by 🙂
Lovely salad Anne! Cherries are one of my favourite summer fruits so I understand why you are eating them so much- we need to eat as many as possible before they are gone 🙂
Oh man, I just bought a huge bag of the most delicious cherries and everybody is being kind enough to post delicious recipes to put them in.
This salad truly looks lovely my friend, stunning ingredients 😀
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Sounds delicious, Anne, wow! This could become a favourite in my repertoire. As always, stunning plating and photography, my dear!
I’m going to make this one! It looks delicious.
I am so glad – I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do! And thanks so much for stopping by 🙂
Absolutely WONDERFUL Anne! A gorgeous salad – I’ll be trying this one! Isn’t the inspiration we get from each other an amazing thing! Just lovely – and thanks for trhe shout out! 🙂 xox!
Thanks Shira, my friend! I hope you will love it 🙂
Wow! I hope you don’t mind that I repressed this to my blog, because I’m making it tomorrow. 😀
I am thrilled – thank you!! I hope you will enjoy it 🙂
Oh yum!! I had lovely cherries. I ate them though. Might have to buy some more. You have talked me into it!
That could happen to me!! It is really hard to save cherries for later 🙂
I love cherries and the season is so short – so I make the most of it and eat them whenever I can get my hands on them.
I bought a cherry pitter the other day and I’m currently obsessed with all the options that opens up for me. This sounds excellent! It would be wonderful on a bed of baby spinach 🙂
Yes that is a great idea!!! I have to get a cherry pitter too 🙂