Chef:  Carol D'Anca
Makes:  2 Servings
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 – 18 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

 

 

Ingredients

For the dressing

  • 3 T balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 t mustard
  • 1 t good quality maple syrup
  • 1 T shallot – finely chopped
  • salt and/or pepper to taste

Main Dish Ingredients

  • ¾ c cooked quinoa, warmed
  • 2/3 c fresh strawberries – chopped in quarters
  • 1 2/2 – 2 c bok choy – roughly chopped
  • 2 T walnuts – lightly toasted and chopped

Directions

For the dressing

  1. In a small bowl combine all ingredients listed for the dressing and mix well with a fork or whisk. You can also prepare this in a small jar and shake well to mix.   
  2. For a more tart finish add more vinegar and for a sweeter finish add more maple syrup.
  3.  Experiment with it to your liking.   

Cooking the Quinoa and assembling the recipe

  1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh colander.  
  2. Cover with twice the amount of water (this is always the case when making quinoa) in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir once and reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Cover and steam for about 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed.  
  5. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  6. Place the bok choy at the bottom of a medium size bowl. Transfer the warm quinoa and place on top of the bok choy. This process slightly wilts the greens but keeps it crisp enough to taste fresh.

Topping

  1. Add the strawberries 
  2. Top with dressing.
  3. Sprinkle walnuts on top.

TIP:  Use good quality vinegar. For a creative touch, try this recipe with sour apple or Sicilian lemon balsamic vinegar if it’s available at your favorite store.  Be sure to use light colored vinegar to preserve the appearance of this dish.

Note: The walnuts add a bit of texture to this dish but can easily be eliminated making this a plant perfect recipe.

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