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Will Makes Raymond’s Quinoa Salad

Raymond’s Quinoa Salad

Salad in a bowl

A couple weeks ago my hockey team, the Possums, did a potluck holiday dinner. I made salad.

I’ve made this recipe before a few times and I like it.

Somehow I bought cashews instead of the pistachios this recipe calls for when I was at the grocery. In my head I was saying pistachios, but thinking of cashews. I don’t think it made a huge difference to the goodness of the salad.

Once I used a 1/2 cup of shallots instead of red onion and that was too onioney. I was trying to avoid using half a red onion and then leaving the other half in my fridge like “I’ll make something else with onion soon”, then inevitably not remembering and throwing that onion out sometime in the future after it’s not good anymore.

This morning I was cleaning my food cabinet and found an old box of cashews with bugs in them, which was alarming. Fortunately, nothing besides the cashews seems to have been infested. Also, they weren’t cockroaches or the other common “pantry pests” when I googled that, so I guess that’s good.

I suspect that I am not cooking my quinoa perfectly, as the experience of the salad as a whole is a bit soggy.

Don’t you hate how recipes always call for like 1/2 cup of cilantro, so you have to go buy a whole bunch of cilantro, use a small fraction of it and end up wasting most of the bunch?

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