Sausage Quinoa Salad

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I was looking for something quick to cook with minimal supplies (we were hit pretty hard by hurricane Irene and are still working on getting back to normal around here). I started looking through my cookbooks and was interested in some rice salad recipes I came across. Well, I needed to get dinner on the table quickly, so I opted to cook some quinoa and added some cooked sausage and veggies. It was earthy and delicious! Here’s the recipe:

Sausage Quinoa Salad

Servings: 4-5


Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon olive oil, separated
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 1/4 cups organic chicken broth, separated
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 14 oz. Hillshire Farm Hardwood Chicken Smoked Sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in saute pan over medium high heat. Add quinoa and toast until lightly browned.
  2. Add 2 cups chicken broth, bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until done. Remove from heat and let set while finishing remaining ingredients.
  3. While quinoa is cooking, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add celery and bell pepper and saute until tender, approximately 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add sausage and 1/4 cup chicken broth to the sauteed vegetables. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until sausage is done. Drain broth from pan.
  5. Add sausage mixture to cooked quinoa. Add tomatoes. Mix well and serve immediately.

I found the flavor perfect without any salt and pepper, due to the spice of the sausage and the flavors of the veggies. You can salt and pepper the dish, if you desire, once it is served. My husband didn’t enjoy this much, but he did like the sausage. He’s not a huge fan of earthy flavors, and quinoa is certainly earthy. My daughters ate is fairly well for it being new and strange looking. I loved it and there’s enough left over for me to reheat it for lunch tomorrow. Yay! If you try any of my recipes, please comment on their posts so I can hear what you think of them, good or bad. Thanks!

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