Quinoa and Sourdough Salad

This salad isn’t much short of a full meal served with the most loved items in my pantry: quinoa and sourdough bread. These are your everyday food — simple, wholesome and nourishing. They are not only good for the body, but the soul. Making sourdough breads, a tradition so ancient and universal, is what I firmly embrace as the essence and ritual in my kitchen.

This is the Memorial Day weekend, marking the arrival of easy summer living and with it, the glorious array of heirloom tomatoes, fresh fruits and vegetables. When tomatoes are sweet and delicious, not much is needed to dress them up for a salad dish like this. Ottolenghi put together this dish with a deft and restrained hand only he can muster.

There are a variety of fantastic sourdough recipes posted on this blog: overnight country blonde, Vermont sourdough and Tartine basic country loaf published by acclaimed master bakers around the country, Ken Forkish, Jeffery Hamelman and Chad Robertson, respectively. They are levain breads with very similar characteristics baked with 65-78% hydration dough and about 10% whole-wheat flour. I’ll be happy to serve up one of these artisanal breads to top off the salad bowl on any given day.



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    Susan Lindquist
    May 26, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    YO does have a way with combining vegetables and grains/seeds to make interesting meals! Love this substantial, yet completely healthy salad bowl!

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    kitchen flavours
    May 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Such a lovely salad! I love using breads in salads. I have to pick up my courage to start on sourdough soon, have been thinking about it lately!

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    May 28, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Start with the Vermont sourdough bread and you'd never go back. Happy baking!

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    Diane Zwang
    May 29, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    That looks like a nice summer salad and very nourishing. I share you love of sourdough bread.

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    May 29, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    What a wonderful salad – such a great combination of textures and flavours and the perfect end use for some of your homemade bread. Vlad, my sourdough starter, resides in my fridge, gets fed periodically but, sadly, doesn't get out much these days. You've inspired me to revive him….

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    May 30, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Vlad will be happy to get out of the cold storage and I'll be happy to have you to bake along with. My no-name starter doesn't seem to care much of anything!

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    Joanne T Ferguson
    May 31, 2015 at 9:17 am

    What a healthy and delicious salad! Great photo!
    I am glad we are connected through this month's IHCC May Pot Luck!

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    June 1, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Such lovely photos of this salad! Everything is so colorful and vivid in the pictures. It's practically jumping into my mouth:)

    It certainly looks as though you have perfected the art of making sourdough. The texture of the bread looks wonderful. A gorgeous salad perfect for ringing in summer,

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    Grace Phua
    June 3, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I love the textures and colours of your salad. It looks so inviting. I want some!!

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