Monday, February 29, 2016

Blue Pea Flower Quinoa Salad


We're mostly 'rice-and-dishes' people. This means having a plate of plain white rice along with various dishes of meat and vegetables, and sometimes soup. Salads make a rare appearance on our table.

Blue Pea Flower, Plum, Quinoa Salad

I made this to get an idea what blue pea flowers taste like. For a first try, I wanted to appreciate the flavour of the flower in it's freshest state. Frying it in batter or putting it in an omelette had to wait although I was really keen to have it that way.

Blue pea flowers, I'm delightfully surprised to discover, carry a mild, pleasant sort of sweetness. Pinch the lower bit of the flower away, eat only the petals. It was quite nice to munch on. Make sure the ones you're having are pesticide free, of course! I plant my own; no worries there.

Here's how I made this salad, roughly.

Blue Pea Flower Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:
- 8 fresh blue pea flowers (pinch lower tip away)
- ½ cup quinoa (cook according to instructions)
- 4 fresh plums (sliced)
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp soft brown sugar
- 1 calamansi lime
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Salt (to taste)
- A handful of fresh coriander (chopped)

How-to:
1) Rub plums with sugar and balsamic vinegar. Roast in a pre-heated oven at 170C for about 15 minutes or until lightly charred.
2) Place cooked quinoa, roasted plums and fresh coriander into a bowl.
3) Squeeze calamansi lime juice over, along with sesame oil and a small sprinkle of salt.
4) Toss to combine.
5) Serve garnished with blue pea flowers on top.


1) Prepare the plums. Bake these first.
2) Cook the quinoa.
3) Chop the coriander and prepare the rest of the ingredients.
4) Assemble the salad!

This is a salad of robust flavours - from the peanutty taste of quinoa to vinegary plum. The blue pea flowers balances this out a bit. Best eaten with milder-tasting roasted meats.

Blue Pea Flower Quinoa Salad

That ends our edible flowers Link-Up event for Little Thumbs Up. We hope you enjoyed the edible flower series as much as we did! Thank you for joining us, be it by linking up, commenting or just dropping by our web page for a read.

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This post is linked to Little Thumbs Up - Feb 2016 which is organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen from My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by Sweet Home-Chefs.

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18 comments:

  1. Hi Sharon,

    I love how you decorated your quinoa salad. Very pretty! Thank you so much for hosting this LTU with flower theme. We really appreciate what you did.

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe, I'm glad you like it and thank you once again for blessing us with this opportunity. xx :)

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  2. Wow, I'd never have imagined these blooms would decorate a salad! And I love the mix of ingredients you have here. It's a very attractive dish. Now I can image how my guests will go into 'oohs' and 'aahs' if I were to place that on my table.:))) I really enjoyed this series of edible blooms!

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    1. Thank you! I had a lot of fun doing this, and since the interest has been sparked, I have taken a keen liking to trying out edible blossoms I've never tried before!

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  3. Hi Sharon,
    I'm sure serving this beautiful salad to invited guests will leave them with beautiful unforgettable memories!
    Thanks for your time for hosting LTU theme edible flowers. Love all the lovely links!

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    1. I sure hope so, Karen..haha!
      You're welcome and thank you for joining the event too! :)

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  4. Me too, Sharon but from last few years I have started including other grains in my diet and quinoa is one of them.The salad looks lovely,I never knew we could eat pea flowers.

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    1. I didn't know either until coming across some people who do. :)

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  5. What pretty flowers! And this dish sounds heavenly, too. Thanks Sharon!

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    1. Hi Abbe, you're backkkk!!! I am so excited to see you .. xx !

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  6. Blue pea flowers make this quinoa salad really special.

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    1. Yes, and added a little sweetness ...

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  7. It feels a little weird to me nomming on flowers, but I must say it must have been really special!

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    1. I'm new to eating flowers, but now that I've had some experience, I find it really exciting! ;D

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  8. Lovely quinoa salad Sharon...and yes, the blue pea flowers are so pretty on it...I love edible flowers!
    Hope you are enjoying your week :)

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    1. Thanks, Juliana. Yes, I am - the week has been pretty exciting ;)

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