June 19, 2014

Guava Quinoa Salad

Guess what is the newest kitchen gadget I have got ? No, no, it is not one of those high tech gadgets that people usually rave about. It is a Molcajete (traditional mexican version of the stone mortar & pestle). It took me a while to season it and start using it, but it is worth it, I tell you. I am reinventing all the mexican flavors of salsas, guacamoles and also some not-so-mexican chutneys and sauces made fresh. Each time burning some calories too in the process by lifting, holding and washing the heavy molcajete ;-)

Have you tried guava in a salad? Today's recipe is a simple guava quinoa salad, dressed with some freshly made tomato salsa. This can be made with other tropical fruits like mango or pineapple, just keep in mind to choose no-so-ripe fruits. Very easy to put together for a light and summery dinner or lunch. 

  • Quinoa - 3/4 cup - soaked for 12-18 hours
  • Guava - 1 large - medium ripe
  • English cucumber - 1
  • White onion - 1 cup
  • Tomato - 2 small
  • Cilantro - for garnish
  • Drain and cook quinoa with 3/4 cup of water. Let it cool.
  • Chop all ingredients finely.
  • Toss everything together and mix with the fresh tomato salsa. 
  • Serve as a light dinner or as a starter salad with your lunch. 
  • Enjoy!!

Fresh Tomato Salsa:
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Green chilly -1-2
  • Red onion - 1/2 cup - chopped
  • Tomato - 1 small - chopped
  • Cilantro - big handful chopped
  • Himalayan pink salt - as per taste
  • EV olive oil - 2-3 Tbs
  • Lemon juice - 2 Tbs
  • Crush cumin seeds in your molcajete, add chopped green chillies and crush them too. 
  • Add the remaining ingredients one by one by handfuls, crushing them slightly. 
  • Transfer to a bowl and keep aside while you prepare the salad.
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    1. Thanks Veena, same here.. love quinoa in almost everything :-)

  2. I don't know that I've had guava - it sounds like it would be a delightful addition to this salad though =) Thanks so much for sharing this over at Healthy Vegan Fridays. I have pinned this recipe on our Pinterest Page.

    1. Thanks Kimmy :-)
      Yes, it is a welcome addition to a salad, I cannot wait to buy my next batch of Guavas.

  3. Hi Mini,
    I remember buying a beautiful but heavy, stone molcaljete while on vacation in Puerta Vallarta and loving lugging it home so I can appreciate your pleasure with this traditional kitchen tool. I am so delighted that you shared this awesome Guava Quinoa Salad recipe with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party! All the best, Deborah

    1. Thanks Deborah !
      Yes, I am in love with my molcajete, my guacamoles and salsas are tasting so much better now :-)


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