This weekend was the official opening of the farmer’s market in my town. It was a little anticlimactic because there weren’t many vendors yet, and most of the vendors didn’t have much in the way of offerings. Fortunately, I managed to score some beautiful ruby red rhubarb.
I was too lazy to go grocery shopping or look for recipes that use rhubarb, so I just combined it with some ingredients I happened to have around the house.
This salad is on the sweet side, and it’s perfect for the hot weather we’ve had lately. If you can wait a while before eating it, I recommend serving it chilled. I ate it warm (I’m impatient like that) but that didn’t stop me from wolfing this down.
Strawberry Rhubarb Salad
Preparation time: 25 minutes (plus chill time)
For the Salad
1 C quinoa, cooked according to package instructions
2 large stalks rhubarb, diced (about 2 C)
2 tbsp vegan cane sugar
1 1/2 C strawberries, sliced
10 oz watercress or other green (spinach would work nicely here too)
optional: almond slivers (I didn’t use any but I thought it would go well with this salad)
For the Dressing
1 C strawberries, stems removed
3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
2 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
juice from 1 lemon
1/2 tsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp ground ginger (or 1″ grated fresh if you’ve got it)
cracked black pepper to taste (about 1/4 tsp)
1) Preheat oven to 450F. Toss diced rhubarb in a bowl with sugar until rhubarb is evenly coated. Let sit about 10 minutes. Arrange rhubarb in a single layer on a baking sheet, and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool before combining it with other salad ingredients.
2) Meanwhile, mix all dressing ingredients together in a food processor.
3) Toss watercress, sliced strawberries, rhubarb, and almonds, if using.
4) If you are chilling the salad, chill dressing, quinoa, and watercress mixture in separate containers for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve, place quinoa in a salad bowl or on a plate, and top with rhubarb mixture. Drizzle with dressing and cracked pepper. (You could also mix it all together if you want.)