Recipe: Quinoa Salad w/ the HCC Special Sauce

Easy?  Check?  Fun? Check.  Delicious.  Double check.  This recipe knocks it out of the park every time!  It’s one of our favorites for events, like the one we did last night for one of our favorite activewear brands, Lole, because it really knocks people’s socks off.  We also love it at home when we’re in a rush and need something tasty, energizing and most of all delicious!


Try this recipe, especially the Special Sauce and let us know what you think. We love it as a dressing with grains but how else will you use it?  Salad dressing?  Marinade?   Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Quinoa Salad w/ HCC Special Sauce

Servings: 4
Time: 20 minutes

Super Power Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups arugula or baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, apricots, dates…)
  • 2 tablespoons nuts and/or seeds (pumpkin, sesame, hemp, almonds, walnuts, cashews…)
  • 1/2 cup special sauce (see below…)

Special Sauce

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced (we recommend a garlic press or microplane)

Directions

To prepare the quinoa put the quinoa, water, olive oil, salt and black pepper in a pot and bring to a boil.  Cover, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.  Remove pot from heat and allow to sit for 5 additional minutes.

While quinoa is cooking prepare the Special Sauce.  Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well.

After the quinoa is done, fluff with a fork and put it in a large bowl with the arugula or spinach.  Throw in nuts and seeds and dress quinoa salad with the Special Sauce.  Adjust sauce, to taste.  This dish is great both hot or cold.

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Recipe: Glazed Salmon

You know when you have someone coming over and you really want to dazzle them with deliciousness but you just don’t have time to get all Julia Child and spend the day in the kichen?  Yeah, we do too.  That’s why we have this ace in the hole of a recipe.  So simple to execute and it will impress your freind/ date/ in-laws/ boss every time!Make it this week and let us know how it went in the comments below!

Glazed Salmon

Servings: 4
Time: 20 minutes

  • 4 pieces of wild caught salmon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon (1 Tablespoon)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.

Place salmon pieces on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or tin foil.

Season generously with salt and pepper and coat each piece with a good amount of mustard (at least 1 tablespoon per piece, feel free to use more until completely coated).  Roast for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes pull out oven rack and drizzle a small amount of maple syrup or honey directly over fish pieces.  Squeeze lemon juice and return to oven.

Continue to bake another 5-10 minutes depending on thickness of fish.

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