I try to live my life with this mantra doing the backstroke in the back of my mind. I went to the middle of Turkey for a week by myself without telling anyone. I drank water from the Nile River. I've almost killed myself 100 times, etc.
Cooking scallops freaks me out. I'm scared I will turn my head for one mili second and the poor white babies will burn or become tough. The two times I bought scallops I called my neighbhoor up to cook/eat, who'd worked at a swanky seafood resto in San Fran. I'm still working on this fear, but in the meantime I've honed my other culinary (ahem, salad making) skills.
This salad is a spin off (no pun intended) from the Kombacha version I learned from from chef Tanya Petrovna of Native Foods. My significant (m)Other had a sugar pumpkin left over from Halloween so I used that instead of the Japanese version. I made it once for French-Culinary-Institute-trained
Quinoa Pumpkin Salad with Maple Soy Glazed Pepitas
2 Pomegranates, seeded
1 Asian Pear, peeled and diced
1 Red Delicious Apple, peeled and diced
1 lbs of mixed greens (the one with herbs works best)
1 cup chopped Italian Parsley
2 cups cooked quinoa
2 cups diced cooked pumpkin
1/2 Cup crumbled feta
Cut the pumpkin in half and lie face down on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour, or until soft.
2 Shallots chopped
1/2 Cup Orange juice
1/4 Cup Lime juice
2 Tbs apple vinegar
1/2 Cup Olive oil
2 Tsp salt
Mix or blend all ingredients together (it's okay if some parsley sneaks in there).
1 1/2 Cups Pepitas
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs maple syrup
2 Tbs water
Heat pan on a skillet and add pepitas until brown. In a separate bowl combine maple syrup, soy sauce and water. Add mixture to browned pepitas on warmed skillet until evaporated. Let cool on a plate or wax paper.
Construct the salad:
Mix the cooked quinoa with parsley.
On top of the mixed greens, add the diced pumpkin, quinoa-parsley mixture and then asian pear/apples. Sprinkle feta over salad, top with pomegranate seeds and pepitas.
Finish with dressing. It's gluten free magic.