Quinoa, Corn and Spinach Salad

Quinoa, Corn and Spinach Salad

What to do with a bag of spinach before it goes bad Part II.

If you were here for yesterday’s explanation of how I got stuck with a bag of spinach then you know what I am talking about.  If you just arrived then shame on you and you can either go back and read yesterday’s post or just play along.

After making the Quinoa Spinach Fritters I had plenty of leftover quinoa, spinach and fetta cheese so I tossed together a simple salad topped with a basic mustard vinaigrette.

Preview of tomorrow:  Friday Night Challah

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Quinoa, Corn and Spinach Salad

1 cup Quinoa
1 lb. bag frozen corn, defrosted
1 15 oz. can red beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup jicama, sliced into matchsticks
1 1/2 cups (about 6 ounces) feta cheese
1 pepper ( I used orange) diced
6 cups spinach, washed and dried
Mustard Vinaigrette
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard with horseradish
12 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
To make the vinaigrette
1. Combine all the ingredients in a clean jar with a tight fitting lid.  Shake till well combined.
To assemble the salad
1.  In a pot combine 2 cups of water and the quinoa.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer until the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes).  Remove from the heat and let cool.
2.  Stir together quinoa, corn, beans, jicama, feta cheese and diced pepper.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
3.  Pour about 3/4 of the dressing on the quinoa mixture and stir to combine.
4.  Arrange the spinach on a serving platter, top with the quinoa mixture and pour the remaining dressing on the spinach and quinoa.
5.  Serve cool or at room temperature.

Quinoa Spinach Fritters

Quinoa Spinach Fritters

Fresh spinach was on sale at the market so, without any plan in mind, I tossed a bag into my cart.  Now I am sitting at home with a bag of spinach that will go bad unless I can figure out what to do with it.

I have been reading Real Cajun by Donald Link, which beautifully covers down home style Cajun cooking.  A review should be posted within a few weeks.  In the book there is a recipe for hush puppies with jalapenos and that got me thinking about hush puppies with spinach.   I went to the pantry to see if I had the ingredients to make hush puppies.  Staring me in the face was  a huge bag of quinoa that was purchased, a few weeks ago, at Costco.  Now the plan evolved into using both the quinoa and the spinach, but I still had a taste for something fried.  Back to the drawing board.  I thumbed through my recipe binders and saw recipes for things like zucchini patties, rice pancakes and vegetable fritters.  I put two and two together and came up with Quinoa Spinach Fritters. 

I still have half of a bag of spinach leftover, which created the need to make … 

Preview of tomorrow’s post:  Quinoa, Corn and Spinach Salad

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Quinoa and Spinach Fritters
Yield 10 large fritters or 20 small fritters
1 1/2 cups Quinoa
5 cloves of garlic, finely minced
6 cups of spinach, washed and roughly chopped
1 cup (about 4 ounces) Feta Cheese
1 cup (about 4 ounces) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
2 eggs
salt and pepper
1.  In a pot combine the quinoa with 3 cups of water.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer until the water is completely absorbed, about 15 minutes.  Remove to a bowl and let cool.
2.  In a large saute pan heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium heat.  Cook the garlic until it starts to brown, about 1-2 minutes.
3.  Add the chopped spinach and stir until wilted.  Remove from heat.
4.  In a large mixing bowl combine the cooked quinoa, the spinach mixture, feta, mozzarella and eggs. Stir until well combined.
5.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
6.  Scoop 1/2 cup of batter for large fritters (1/4 cup for small) and, using your hands, form into 1/2″ thick patties.  Place the formed patties on wax paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  The mixture will be a little sticky.
7.  In a skillet pour in enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  Heat on medium to medium-high.  Place patties into the hot oil and cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook the other side till done.  Remove to paper towels to drain.