I made this salad at my restaurant with couscous and a few other differences. Since I can't eat wheat I made some changes to suit my "at-home" needs. Lamb Strip loin is out there! Make your butcher your best friend. Segments of blood oranges can easily replace the puree-- though their season is fairly short. That change-out might leave you wanting a bit of 'sauce'...
- 10 -12 ounces lamb strip loin (approximate weight, cleaned, excess fat and sinew removed)
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1⁄8 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
- 1⁄8 cup fresh mint (chopped)
- 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 pint blackberry
- 4 tablespoons blood oranges, puree (found in specialty markets)
- Rinse Quinoa, Bring stock and salt to a boil, add Quinoa and simmer until absorbed (15-20 minutes). Pour into a large bowl and cool. Add fresh herbs.
- In a small bowl combine next 6 ingredients and pour over Quinoa. Stir. Refridgerate until ready to serve. This can be done up to a day ahead.
- Heat a non-stick skillet or saute pan over medium heat. Add canola oil and heat. Add seasoned lamb loin and sear on each side 2-4 minutes (to desired level of doneness). Remove from pan and let rest 10-15 minutes. Slice paper-thin, the same direction as a beef strip loin.
- Toss Quinoa with fresh blackberries. Serve lamb over Quinoa with a spoonful of Blood Orange puree over the top.
This was super yummy, however the recipe says olive oil and lemon juice, but neither are mentioned in the process. I just wonder where it was meant to be used. I ended up cutting the lamb beforehand (1/4") and cooking it in the olive oil. I just seasoned the lamb with salt. I also accidently bought blueberries instead of blackberrys (the little surprise bursts of tartiness were nice though). I was unable to source the puree so I just left the orange out. All in all, I'm really glad I gave this a go, it was my first venture using Quinoa, so it made it a good experiance for me. I feel great for making something so delicious and so healthy.
This was a great meal salad. Would never have thought fo the combination but will definitely make it again!!!!
unbelievable flavor! I used chicken, marinated in extra dressing, instead of lamb, and it was still awesome. Next time I will definitely use the lamb. I also have trouble with wheat, so the quinoa was a nice surprise for me - I love middle eastern food, and never thought to sub it for the couscous! Thanks!