Quinoa Salad with Grilled Scallions, Favas and Dates
"One thing I've learned as a chef is not to overfeed your customers—a food coma is very unpleasant," says Charlie Parker of Plum restaurant in Oakland, California. This salad of grilled spring vegetables feels just filling enough, thanks to the protein-rich quinoa and a puree of dates that are grilled first to soften them and intensify their natural sweetness. More Salads with Grains
The cooked quinoa can be refrigerated overnight.
Nutty-tasting quinoa and a dark, sweet date puree make this dish a perfect match for a Nut Brown Ale like the one from Wachusett. A great wine alternative: Gutiérrez Colosia's Elcano Fino Sherry.
Pairing Note Not all wines and beers are vegan (that is, made without using products such as gelatin). For details, contact the producers directly.