Soon after we decided to chat about transition at our spring salon, Julie had the brilliant idea to create ombre food to enhance the idea of change. I was excited with the challenge of creating ombre savories, especially after spending time perusing @WrightKitchen's #foodgradients tag on Instagram. And with available produce beginning to become more prevalent, the ombre options presented themselves to me!
Wanting to celebrate nature's ombre & make your own rainbows of deliciousness? Here are three fast & simple recipe ideas that are sure to wow your eyes & your palate.
BLUES & GREENS QUINOA SALAD
An easy salad that can be topped in any number of ways. This is a staple in my refrigerator at home, with each batch presenting a different array of flavors. Feel fee to experiment with your inclusions!
1c red quinoa
1/2 c lemon juice
1/4 c olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T honey
1/2 c scallions, cut on a bias
green tomato, sliced thin
(any variety of vegetables & fruit will work well!)
Rinse quinoa in a sieve & drain well. Place in a small pot with 1 1/2 c water & bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover & cook for 15 minutes, or until fluffy. Let cool to room temperature.
While quinoa cooks, mix together lemon juice, olive oil, & minced garlic in a jam jar or other air-tight container. Tighten lid & shake vigorously to emulsify oil. Add honey & salt/pepper to taste. Shake again to incorporate honey. Adjust seasoning & sweetness to taste.
Cut scallions to about a 1/4" bias & add to cooled quinoa. Toss will with dressing. Place quinoa in the bottom of a shallow bowl & arrange desired vegetables atop the seasoned quinoa. Toss well before serving.
MINI CAPRESE STACKS WITH ARUGULA
Caprese is an easy favorite, and mini heirloom tomatoes make this go-to classic even more gorgeous.
5 oz baby arugula, washed & dried
16 oz mini heirloom tomatoes
1c balsamic vinegar
8 oz whole milk fresh ciliegine (small) mozzarella
handful basil leaves
To make a balsamic reduction place in a small saucepan over medium high heat & bring to a boil. Be sure to watch carefully! Burned balsamic is not fun . . . not that I'd know :).Reduce heat & simmer until mixture has been reduced by 1/2 (10 - 15 minutes). Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Arrange arugula on a platter, drizzle with olive oil & sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste. Stack tomatoes & mozzarella on bamboo skewers & set atop arugula.Drizzle skewers with balsamic reduction, sprinkle with julienned basil & serve.
ROASTED VEGETABLES + RED LENTIL HUMMUS
Roasted vegetables are amazing in any season. Extremely versatile, this recipe can be adapted based on what is growing, or what spices & herbs you have on hand.Red lentils add a velvety texture & subtle sweetness to traditional hummus. For added color, we paired our roasted veggies with pickled veggies for this season's salon--that recipe coming soon!!
Ingredients: Variety of roasting vegetables (root vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, nightshades, etc.) washed, trimmed, and cut to similar sizes.
Sea salt + fresh cracked peppercorn
1c Red lentils
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c tahini
juice from 2 lemons
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For the vegetables:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss vegetables in olive oil & arrange in one layer on a parchment lined sheet pan. Roast for 35 - 40 minutes until crisp on the outside & tender on the inside. Shake pan occasionally to make sure vegetables brown evenly.If roasting multiple varieties, test each for doneness & remove from pan when done.
For the hummus: Cook lentils according to package & cool to room temperature. Place lentils, tahini & minced garlic into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until all is well incorporated.With motor running add lemon juice in a steady stream & mix until smooth. Adjust lemon juice & tahini to flavor preference and season with salt & pepper to taste.Can be refrigerated in an air tight container for up to 2 days.