Are you looking at your plate of lunch or dinner and thinking…why is there no life? Do you need to find a way to make your quinoa look like something you WANT TO eat, rather than something you SHOULD EAT? I’ve got the answer, and it’s dead easy to make & quicker than a quickie!
What your sad, lonely plate of quinoa needs is some love in a lovely tomato. My version of a tomato salsa will elevate your plate with a simple combo of fresh flavours. It’s a great way to incorporate veggies into your meal, and it’s an excellent way to use up the tomatoes that have been sitting in your fridge since…well..who knows! This ‘accessory’ is kind of a salad, kind of a side, and is wickedly delicious! One secret – it is ALL about the fresh herbs. Seriously. Don’t even think of eliminating them, or using dry. The fresh is what makes the flavour! And if you’re worried about buying fresh herbs and not knowing how to use all of them up, don’t worry…you can freeze them from fresh if you cannot get through the bunch. That way, when you get to cooking it up again, you’ve got a bag of fresh herbs at your fingertips!
Use this combo of deliciousness in with your grains, as a topping for fresh bread, and…wait for it…for a simple mid-week bowl of pasta. It will take longer to boil the noodles than it will to combine these simple ingredients. This would also be a deliciously light side for for grilled salmon (see my salmon in the MAINS section under MANGIAMO! LET’S EAT). Chop, chop, chop, stir, stir, stir, done. No joke. It’s that easy!
TOMATO SALSA (OR SALAD, OR SIDE!)
2 large tomatoes, chopped
8-10 kalamata olives, thinly sliced
1/2 cup feta (if you wanna be Greek!), or 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella (if you wanna be Italian!)
Zest of one lemon
1/2 cup each fresh basil and mint, coarsley chopped
1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
Fresh pepper & cosher salt, to taste
Pinch of dried red chillies
Couple of glugs of EVOO
Juice of one lemon
Put into a bowl. Mix, smell, and savour!
Mangiamo! Let’s eat!