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Food & Wine Friday: Greek Quinoa Salad Recipe and Wine

This Week In Food and Wine: A Quick and Healthy Greek Quinoa Salad and Wine!

We all know the Mediterranean has an abundance of greatness; its food, beauty and of course its wines are all things that must be experienced at some point in life. Because of this and in keeping with the Quinoa health trend, we’ve decided to bring you a little slice of this heaven on earth right into your home. And because it’s healthy and delicious, the combination of this Greek quinoa salad and wine gives you the best of both worlds and will surely make your day! Our suggested wine pairings are Gewürztraminer, Pinot Bianco, Friulano. Try these delicious Grape Certified Mediterranean wines:

 

Nals Margreid Lyra Gewürztraminer 2010 ($31)

Shop: Total Wine & Select Wine Retailers

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Tasting Notes: This spicy and intense expression of Gewürztraminer features a thick texture with fragrant tones of apricot, sweet almond, yellow rose, dried ginger and honey. The bold spices of this wine in your mouth are what really set this Gewurztraminer apart.

 

Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Vial Pinot Bianco 2011 ($24)

Shop: Total Wine & Select Wine Retailers

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Tasting Notes: If you love Pinot Bianco, this wine from the mountainous north of Italy will delight you. Alpine breezes have shaped a balanced and mildly fragrant white, with layers of exotic fruit, pineapple, pear and melon. It maintains nice structure and length as well.

 

La Tunella Col Livius Friulano 2011 ($18)

Shop: Total Wine & Select Wine Retailers

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Tasting Notes: Smoothness, roundness and bright fruit aromas characterize this Friulano. Stone fruit and golden delicious apple flavors give way to generous richness and a silky close.

 

The Greek Quinoa Salad and Wine Recipe

Cook & Prep Time: 1.5 Hours          Serves: 4

 

Ingredients

a. 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

b. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

c. 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

d. 1 clove garlic, smashed and finely chopped to a paste

e. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

f. 1/4-cup extra-virgin olive oil

g. 1 cup quinoa

h. Kosher salt and pepper

i. 2 cups red and yellow grape tomatoes, halved

j. 1 cup pitted kalamata olives

k. 2 green onions (green and pale green part), thinly sliced

l. 2 pickled cherry peppers, diced

m. 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

n. 1/2 English cucumber, cut into small dice

o. Feta, for sprinkling

 

Cooking Directions

a. Whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, oregano, garlic and some salt and pepper in a small bowl.

b. Slowly whisk in the oil until it is emulsified. Once done, let sit at room temperature while you prepare the salad to allow the flavors to meld.

c. Next, rinse the quinoa in a strainer until the water runs clear.

d. Now, combine the quinoa, 2 cups water, 1-teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small saucepan.

e. Bring to a boil and cook until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. This usually takes about 15 minutes.

f. Once done, go ahead and transfer to a bowl, fluff with a fork and let sit for 5 minutes to cool slightly.

g. Add the tomatoes, olives, green onions, cherry peppers, red onions, cucumbers and dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours before serving. The longer it sits the better the flavor.

h. Lastly, and just before serving, transfer to a platter and sprinkle with feta on top!

 

We hope you like the recipe we’ve shared with you and would love to hear your feedback! Please feel free to comment on this post or email us at info@thegrape.com. Part of what we love doing is providing useful information that not only makes the wine buying process easier by pairing it with food, but also less intimidating by listening to what our wine community has to say! So please, grab a glass of wine and let us know what you think! Cheers!

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