Mushroom Quinoa Salad

I haven't disappeared! I have just been quite busy...

We had a fab time with our friends who arrived to visit us for a couple of days and got stranded in the UK for almost one more week due to the volcano ash and flight ban. However, two weeks have passed, and I haven't done much. Apartment needs to be cleaned, huge piles of clothes are waiting to be washed. And I'm not talking about you and my blog, that I neglected completely. And my RSS reader shows number 247. It's catch up time! Phew!

P. was in the office yesterday, so I did not have to worry about lunch. I wanted to cook something quick and easy for myself, because cleaning and washing drained most of my energy. The only requirement was to use leftover mushrooms. I bought them the day before at a market and used them to make stuffed baked mushrooms with goat cheese and spinach for dinner.

I was deciding between pasta and quinoa. Quinoa won because P. is not very familiar yet with this still quite new to us grain and I usually make it only for myself. In fact, quinoa is not a true grain, it is a pseudocereal which basically means that it is a broadleaf plant not a grass. True cereals like wheat, rye or barley are grasses. Another examples of pseudocereals are amaranth and buckwheat. I've quite recently discovered quinoa and I really like it.

I had to photograph very quickly, because my stomach was growling...

And I can't forget to thank Bethany who chose my blog to be "Blog of The Month" on her lovely blog Dirty Kitchen Secrets. I was truly pleased and honoured when I found out. Go and check her new blog facelift and mouthwatering recipes!

Mushroom quinoa salad

Serve 1

1/2 cup / 85g quinoa
200ml vegetable stock
1tbsp vegetable or olive oil
1 shallot, finally chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
6 mushrooms, sliced
1-2 springs of fresh thyme
3 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
fresh parsley

1. Rinse the quinoa in plenty of cold water and place in a medium saucepan. Add boiling vegetable stock and bring back to the boil. Simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes until the stock is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan and saute onion for 2-3 minutes, add the garlic a fry for another minute. Add sliced mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Finally, add the thyme leaves. Stir fry the mushrooms for about 5 minutes, or until soft.

3. In a small bowl, mix the cooked quinoa with olive oil, add mushrooms and tomatoes, mix well. Check the seasoning and add more salt or pepper if you like. Scatter fresh parsley on top and serve.


  1. Oh, that looks heavenly. I haven't cooked with mushrooms in a while. This sounds like the way to go. Again, such beautiful photography. I always leave your blog hungry!:)

  2. What a delicious way to use quinoa! Must try this!

  3. Beautiful photographs - I'd love to have seen the results if your stomach hadn't been growling!

  4. I love quinoa as well! I've always been told to soak quinoa for a night, to avoid it's soapy feeling and to prevent it from foaming when boiling.
    Don't you have this problem? It is the only thing that stops me from having quinoa often, cause it asks for a premeditated cooking!

  5. gorgeous looking salad sari! i make salads with quinoa often and this one is so refreshing!

  6. What a great quinoa dish! Great shots too!

  7. So beautiful! That healthy salad must be really good!



  8. your photos are so, so bright and beautiful. looks delicious.

  9. Quinoa is one of my favourite foods ever! This looks scrumptious. Gorgeous shots!

  10. Do you have any idea how good you are? A good cook, blogger and photographer with creative flair in food arrangement. I am so in awe of you!

  11. Ah, very nice! I love the addition of sun dried tomatoes.

  12. Quinoa is quickly becoming a new favorite food around here so I'm always delight to find another great recipe to try! Thank you - this is on my "to make" list! And your photography... ahh, incredibly inspirational!


  13. Quinoa is pretty new to me as well so this would be the perfect introduction. Lovely shots considering the growling stomach :)

  14. All your comments are so beautiful and kind, and make me feel very happy! Thank you everybody for stopping here and for your nice words, I so much appreciate it!

    @Juls - I never soak quinoa before cooking, I just rinse it in cold water and cook it. It tastes always great and doesn't foam during cooking.

    @Dollie - you are too kind! Thank you very much for your lovely comment! :)

  15. Gorgeous shots with an equally gorgeous salad. Love quinoa and have it ever so often.

  16. Well done being Blog of the Month on DKS! That's brilliant!

    I do like quinoa very much and am always looking for new things to do with it, have you seen also Jamie's quinoa risotto this week on LIfes a Feast?

  17. Glad to see you back Sarka! I was wondering where you went! And also happy that you're back with another wonderful dish!

  18. Mmmm this dish looks delicious!

  19. Welcome back! That volcano has some kind of power my friends of mine stayed longer than expected so lets thank the Volcano for keeping people together!
    great recipe nice photos and post!

  20. Welcome back Sarka! I was a bit absent too so didn't really notice (I had 400+ on my reader...!) but this is one lovely looking salad! For some strange coincidence I see a lot of quinoa on the net this week. Must be a sign to start using it more often too!

  21. Stunning photos - makes me want to reach in and grab the spoon!

  22. Thank you all for stopping by. Since I lost all comments during the move on my own domain, it's a nice feeling to see the blog is still alive! :)

    @ Trissa - Thank you Trissa. I'm really behind with everything! I need to visit your blog soon!

    @natural selection - you are right! It was really nice to enjoy their company longer as we don't have a chance to meet them very often!

    @Junglefrog - welcome back too Simone! I still have 300+ on my reader! :)

  23. hello sarika..thanks for dropping by my have a wonderful spce yourself..and the photographs are beautiful too...
    yes i did hear about the food blogger meet in london and was in fact planning to attend atleast on one day, but unfortunately i have some guests popping over from back home and wont be able to make it. It would have been really great, maybe next time though. I had also informed a few other UK food bloggers about this and they said they might try and make it. Thanks for the invite take loadsa pics and update it on ur blog...look fwd 2 that..cheers

  24. i love the lighting in your photos- always gorgeous.

  25. Congrats on your own domain and welcome back

  26. I just found your blog and I am in love! Thank you!

  27. Such a wholesome yummy salad! Exactly the type of thing I'd like for lunch. Great photos -- I'm in love with that cute enamelware bowl :).

  28. Your photos are so beautiful and your recipes are delicious.
    Thank you

  29. @An Open Book - Welcome here and thank you for stopping by!

    @Shayma - thank you Shayma, you always make me smile! :)

    @Maria - Thank you for the lovely comment! I'm so glad you like my blog! :)

    @Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets - I got those bowl just recently, my new props! Love them too! :)

    @Rowaida - So kind of you Rowaida!

  30. Beautiful photographs - I'd love to have seen the results if your stomach hadn't been growling!

  31. My husband is a quinoa freak. I'm sure he'll love this.

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