Israeli Quinoa Salad

My family is by no means religious. Yes, I am Jewish but I consider myself more culturally Jewish than spiritual. I don’t quite know my thoughts on God, I can’t speak a word of Hebrew (despite 10 years of Hebrew school, sorry parents) but boy do I love Matzah Ball Soup.

I love how so much of Judaism is centred around family and food. Basically my two favourite things. I was spoiled growing up in a house with a ultra Jewish Mom, so much so that I am a total diva about my food. I am hard to please. And I know I will do the same for my children (along with a side of Jewish guilt #duh).

Israeli Quinoa Salad // thehealthymaven.com My Mom makes a mean kugel, my bubby was the master of meatballs and I know the only place to buy Gefilte Fish is from United Bakers Deli. Although, over the years it’s been funny to watch how our holiday celebrations and eats have changed. At one point there was no mixing milk and meat and now chicken parm is not a rare occurrence. We eat ribs, shrimp and maybeeee go to synagogue 2 times a year. Even still, I feel no less Jewish. At the end of the day, my gigantic family is always together on holidays and kosher-or-not, as long as the food is good then I’m happy.

Israeli Quinoa Salad // thehealthymaven.com I think it’s hilarious how my family has twisted the food rules for Passover. Technically you aren’t supposed to eat anything that can rise, including most grains, legumes, rice and corn. But apparently when the original list was put together (thousands of years ago), they were unaware of quinoa’s existence and since quinoa is technically a seed, not a grain we figure God is basically telling us to eat it! Right? Uhhhhh maybe not. But I gave it an Israeli twist so I feel like I should be partially forgiven…worse comes to worse I’ll atone my sins on Yom Kippur ;)

Israeli Quinoa Salad

Rating: 51

Total Time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Israeli Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (1/2 cup uncooked)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded & cubed
  • 1 small English cucumber, seeded & cubed
  • 1/2 medium red onion, cubed
  • 1/2 cup curly parsley, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 T olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to package instruction.
  2. Combine tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and parsley.
  3. Add in quinoa.
  4. Top with lemon and olive oil.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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Israeli Quinoa Salad 4 Would you consider yourself religious? Does your family ever play by their own set of rules?

Comments

  1. says

    We are so the same lol….Quinoa is totally acceptable and now that it is such a trend, offers a whole new experience to the Passover week (not that I keep K for P but you know what I mean)…I buy the matzoh for my son but eh, not interested. So many people just skip the bread on Passover and still eat most of the foods that aren’t K for P. I feel like everyone does their own version which is just fine. Jewish to me is all about culture and family. I grew up pretty reformed but the rest of my family is Modern Orthodox so I have seen the extremes to this holiday. I tried to be all kosher when I first got married but I hid my peanut butter during Passover and snuck it in when no one was looking.
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  2. says

    You couldn’t eat all that during passover? This is criminal. You guys were doing paleo before it was all hyped up. Compared to your quinoa creations, this one is borderline standard. Minus the parsley and it would be edible.

    PS legit was going to message you today asking what is gefilte fish after seeing it in glass jars in the Kosher section of the supermarket….was tempted to get some seeing as I love my canned/jarred/pickled fish.

  3. says

    This looks SO good! We love quinoa in our house… it’s a staple. I’m not religious at all. I was raised in church but got further and further away the older I got for many reasons.

  4. says

    I really almost consider religion (at least, ancient religions like Judaism/Catholicism/Hinduism/Islamic/anything that isn’t Protestant Christian) to be more racial and cultural rather than truly religion at this point. I’d say I’m vaguely religious – I haven’t been to mass since Christmas 2012 and I eat meat on Fridays but I still feel really Catholic, minus the fact that I don’t want a million kids. I think it’s just current society… or growing up. But if I ever have kids, they’re going to Catholic school and going to mass every Sunday until they’re in college – because at least then they are around a lot of other good influences, you know?

    If I don’t marry a Catholic boy, it’s because I married a Jewish one. I love Jewish people, they’re seriously some of my favorite friends haha. It’s just something about their personalities and possibly lack of filters – maybe it’s a Mediterranean thing?
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  5. says

    This looks so yummy and refreshing. I’m not sure I would call myself religious, at least not in the traditional sense. If I’m being honest I would say something like “I’m spiritual, not religious” but I feel like at best that elicits eye-rolling and at worst maybe a (well-deserved) punch in the face. It’s the truth though. As for my family, I wouldn’t say they twist the rules, but they’ve definitely morphed from “Church every Sunday, no exceptions!!” to haven’t been to church in like a decade.
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  6. says

    This is so random but I just found out tonight that couscous is allowed for Passover. Who knew! I actually don’t know that much about what is/is not allowed but everyone else seemed quite intrigued by that fact so I felt the need to share ;) Now that I know that quinoa is also allowed, I feel much better eating it this week… because sometimes us adopted Jews feel the guilt too ;)
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  7. says

    I don’t enough quinoa, which can be seen by the ginormous bags in my pantry. Actually I may be fresh out, but the quinoa was in there for at least a year, maybe more. Every time I eat it though, I’m like I need to make this more often. It’s easy, you can stick pretty much anything in it, and it’s a great one dish meal. Your version looks fabulous. Guess it might be time to restock on quinoa.

  8. says

    You know…as much as you joke around on here, I’m actually glad to see you getting “somewhat” serious…especially on something like religion. I was raised a Christian, but I must confess that over the years, as I’ve grown older and realized that I actually CAN form my own opinion on things (even if they differ from my family), and I can’t really say that I know what my feelings are on God either. I’m not a big fan of labels but if I had to give myself one, I guess I’d be a “nothing-ist”! Ha!
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