June 16th, 2015

Mizuna Quinoa Salad with Lemon Scallion Vinaigrette

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Mizuna is a farmer favorite! It’s a feathery looking green that adds texture to salad, is delicious wilted, and easy to cook. Try cooking it like you would spinach or any light tasting green. I like to remove the bottom stems before I put it into dishes, but the whole leaf is vegetable. This salad is a perfect meal on it’s own or try serving it with grilled chicken or salmon. Enjoy outdoors with a cold beverage on a hot night!

Mizuna Quinoa Salad

I used our lemon scallion dressing, but this time I made it with the Meyer Lemon Olive Oil from F. Oliver’s. If you have time to stop by the Ithaca or Skaneateles location, I highly recommend it! The lemon oil also adds a great flavor to pesto, I made a batch with our Spinach Pesto Recipe that was a hit. For extra crunch add kohlrabi or radishes.

Mizuna Quinoa Salad

Mizuna Quinoa Salad with Lemon Scallion Vinaigrette feeds a crowd

2 cups dry quinoa
1 bunch mizuna, stems removed, chopped into bite size pieces
green tops of 2 scallions, sliced
1 cup diced radishes or kohlrabi (optional)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pecans
salt + pepper to taste

Lemon Scallion Dressing

1/2 cup olive oil – we recommend Meyer Lemon Olive Oil from F. Oliver’s
juice from half a lemon
1 tsp dijon mustard
green + white parts of 2 scallions, minced
salt + pepper to taste

Cook the quinoa according to package instructions. I placed it in a pot with 4 cups of water, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let cool to room temperature before tossing with the mizuna leaves. (If you want the mizuna to “cook” a little toss it with the hot quinoa and then follow the recipe as written.)

Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Toss the mizuna, radish or kohlrabi (if using), quinoa, and dressing together. Taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary.

Toast the pecans. Place the pecans in a small skillet over medium heat. Toast, stirring frequently. You’ll know the pecans are toasted when they smell toasty and start to brown. Remove from the pan right away so they don’t burn.

Fold the scallions, pecans, blue cheese, and cranberries into the salad. Serve at once or chilled. This salad holds up well if you want to make it a day in advance for a party.

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