Radish is an interesting vegetable that I would like to try to get creative with. Obviously, shaving and tossing into a salad is, well predictable but it’s a start. Today was the first time I ever even bought radish – and I bought a whole bag! I didn’t plan this salad out except that I wanted to shave a radish. As you can see, I am on a little bit of a shaved veggie kick. Check out my first two recipe posts here and here. No apologies for thinking I should add radish and mini bell peppers to the list. So Voila! This salad happened. It was so unexpectedly good that I had to post it. I photograph most of my meals but some don’t even make it to instagram, let alone on the blog. This belonged on the blog!
Benefits of radish
- Great for your liver and stomach because of their cleansing and detoxifying properties– Good, cause my liver hates me sometimes- read Wino
- Radishes are a natural diuretic- perfect for getting bikini ready 😉
- Red Radish contains high amounts of Lycopene which can dramatically lower your risks for cancer.
What you need: Salad
2 cups washed spinach
1/2 cup quinoa- I used red
1/4 cup shaved red radish
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup shaved sweet baby peppers
1/4 cup garbanzo beans
1/2 avocado sliced
What you need: Agave Mustard Dressing
1/2 cup dijon mustard
1/3 cup agave nectar
2 Tbl extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbl balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
combine all salad ingredients into a bowl to your linking. In a small bowl whisk together the mustard and agave. Slowly drizzle the olive oil and then the vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste and use as much dressing as you want and maybe save some for later! Enjoy!
I am fairly new to Quinoa; I’d say we had an introduction within the last two years but I haven’t taken advantage of this supergrain until recently. It dates back three to four thousand years ago having been discovered by the Incas as a suitable seed for human consumption. According to Forbes and WHFoods quinoa is loaded with benefits. My favorite is that it is a complete protein, YES! No need for meat peeps as it contains all 9 essential amino acids. Also on a need to know basis it is grouped in the same family as spinach, swiss chard and beets! Cool!
Benefits of Quinoa:
- Complete protein
- High fiber content
- Contains iron, lysine, magnesium, maganese, Riboflavin (B2)
Recipe for Fiesta Quinoa Salad (Serves 1-2)
What you need:
2 cups quinoa, cooked (follow instructions on label)
1/2 cup mini tomatoes, halved (any variety is fine)
1/2 an avocado, sliced
1 garlic, minced
chopped cilantro to taste (I used about 1/2 cup chopped)
green onions to taste (I used about 1/4 cup or 2 springs)
1/4 teaspoon cumin
tortilla strips (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Heat olive oil over medium heat and saute garlic in pan until fragrant roughly 2-4 minuets. Turn to low heat, stir in the cooked quinoa and cumin and mix well for 2-3 minuets to slightly toast. Removed from heat and put in a mixing bowl with the cilantro, green onions and tomatoes. Mix well. Drizzle with a little olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Top with sliced avocado, tortilla strips if using and get ready for a fiesta in your mouth!
This would be a great side dish to grilled veggie tacos or enjoy as a main course! I whipped this up on a sunny california afternoon and enjoyed it with a bottle of Corona. BLISS!