February 24, 2012

Fresh Amaranth Salad


Happy Friday friends!

I was up early this morning and went for a swim in the near-by ocean pool - the water was so warm and lovely! After the swim I had a quick green juice of kale, celery, cucumber and lime and then headed to the markets. I was in for a treat this time, as one of the stalls was selling some gorgeous fresh amaranth! Normally I would use amaranth seeds like quinoa or millet, but fresh amaranth can be used as a whole in salads and stir-fries, in much same way like spinach. Truth be told I prefer the whole amaranth to just the seeds, there is just so much flavour in the actual plant. It can be a bit of a rare treat to find fresh amaranth, but if you do, please make sure to buy and try some!

This simple lunch salad doesn't need any fancy'ing up. The amaranth is the main player here and other ingredients mere onlookers. A handful of left-over quinoa, some toasted walnuts and shallots with a little lime juice and olive oil drizzled on top is all you need.

Have a lovely weekend!


Fresh Amaranth Salad

fresh amaranth, washed and florets and leaves cut off
50g walnuts, toasted
1 green shallot, chopped
50g cooked quinoa
1/2 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon olive oil
tiny pinch of good quality salt
freshly ground black pepper

1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the amaranth. Cook for just a couple of minutes, then add the shallot, quinoa, toasted walnuts and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

19 comments:

  1. Lovely! I've never come across fresh amaranth.

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  2. Wow!!! I have never seen anything like this before. Beautiful!

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  3. wow I've never seen a fresh amaranth before! The salad looks beautiful :D

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  4. Looks beautiful! Have a nice weekend Maria!

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  5. I have never seen fresh amaranth, such a rare thing to find here in Italy --even the dry version is not so diffused, yet! so bright and colorful, you can really eat it with your eyes first!

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  6. SO pretty! What is the texture of the flowers/seed pods like?

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    1. Thank you Laura!

      Good question! The flowers have a bit of bite to them, but they're not chewy or crunchy, just soft. The pods are filled with the little seeds (which we know as amaranth seeds). They make a really lovely salad and certainly add an interesting flavour and texture, not to mention colour!

      Maria
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  7. What a beautiful and wholesome salad - not to mention, colorful! Thanks for sharing, Maria. This is a lovely dish!

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  8. This looks divine Maria. The colour of the Amaranth is fantastic and I wish I had tried this before I left Sydney. To find it fresh here in Sweden may be difficult.

    I have been wanting to ask you for so long now, which green grocer market you use?

    All good here in Sweden. Spring has sprung and I hear 'drips' from the roof above my balcony. A sound I haven't heard since my teens.. I LOVE the whole ritual of 'waking up' after Winter!! Whoohoo! :))

    Big hugs from the North.

    x Charlotta

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    1. Thank you Charlotta!

      So nice to hear spring is on its way!

      I go to Warriewood markets on Fridays and Frenchs Forest on Sundays!

      Hugs back!

      Maria
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  9. Goodness, I didn't know the flowers were edible. I have masses in my vegetable garden which I was growing for colour, companionship and the seeds. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. Have never tried this either, tho' the name is of course familiar. The salad looks fabulous and another on my list to be tried as soon as possible.

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  11. I didn't know the flowers were edible either! Now I won't just harvest the leaves but the flowers too now from our vegetable patch. Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. I've never made anything with amaranth - it looks incredible!

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  13. Really interesting recipe also a first for me. I didnt know you could eat the flower!Looks great and if tastes anything like it looks! Impressive blog by the way...I've just started blogging and you page is an example to follow!!!

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  14. I didn't know you could eat fresh amaranth, and it's absolutely gorgeous in that salad!

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  15. Beautiful, I have never come across fresh amaranth before....it just looks so pretty :) And love the new header, a stunning illustration.

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  16. Wow, I have never seen fresh amaranth before! Such a beautiful color! I will keep a look out for it!

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  17. wow! i just found your blog and I am fascinated by this recipe. I have an amaranth plant on my balcony - I didn't know I can eat the florets as they are! :) thanks!!!

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