I came across this recipe when I was looking through Food Gawker. It’s an amazing resource for deciding what to cook each day by just searching with the ingredient you have. That is if I haven’t got an idea of my own to use which can be surprisingly often. The recipe I found was Super Grains Salad with Peaches, Tofu and a Fresh Mint Vinaigrette from Petit World Citizen and with a few tweaks I managed to turn it into a Knobbly Plate idea.
Now being a man as you know when it comes to salads I like mine to be quite substantial so adding bits on top for me has always been a good idea. In this case as I had some green beans I decided to blanche and add them to the salad. I also added some of my own cherry tomatoes from the garden but I will price those up as if I bought them for the final reckoning. To make it as affordable as possible I also switched the mint vinaigrette for a splash of French dressing that came out of a bottle that was lurking in my fridge. I know fresh tastes better but like you I absolutely have to watch the pennies and every penny saved is a blessing.
For the grains I used a mix that I bought from Tesco’s of red and white quinoa with bulgur wheat thrown in and it seemed to work very well. So what did the dish cost me to make? Well all in all and buying tinned peaches instead of fresh ones I managed to make this dish for a total of £4.59 which is a bit expensive by Knobbly plate standards but it will feed 4 people so that’s £1.14 per person. I think this dish illustrates very well the fact that if you eat seasonal produce then you can keep the price down. Salad vegetables are on the way out now and so they are starting to rise in price. As autumn approaches we are coming into the roots season so I shall need to be thinking more about what I can make with them. It was nice however to have just one more salad. Thank you summer for a wonderful season.
- 100g Quinoa Cooked According to Instructions
- 200g Marinated Tofu Sliced
- Handful of Green Beans Blanched
- 1 Red Onion Finely Sliced
- Handful of Seasonal Salad Leaves
- 480g Tin Sliced Peaches
- 12 Cherry Tomatoes
- ½ Cucumber Sliced
- 4 tbs French Dressing
- Mix all the ingredients together and drizzle over the salad dressing.
- Season with salt and pepper.