Skip to content

Small Plate: Happy Quinoa (keen-wa), Tomatoes and Shiitake Mushrooms


Greetings, Super Grains. I’m not gonna lie, the first time I saw quinoa, I pronounced it “keen-no-wah” (face of shame). Any who, how ever you choose to say it, once you taste quinoa, throw away the rice. Quinoa can substitute almost any rice dish, yup, that includes Momma’s chicken and rice soup recipe, plus quinoa is the only grain that is a complete protein. So try this delicious, small plate, quinoa salad recipe and make your mouth happy!

quinoa and tomato salad picture - Dresses & Appetizers

serves 6
2 Cups Quinoa
1 Pint Multi-color cherry tomatoes,  halved
1 Pint Shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
3 Tbsp Oregano Leaves, rough chop
2 Garlic cloves, minced
4 Tbsp Olive oil
1 Tsp Champagne vinegar
Kosher salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Mix champagne vinegar with garlic, 2 Tbsp Olive oil, salt, and 1 ½ Tbsp oregano. Marinate the tomatoes in the mixture.

2. Cook quinoa according to directions (2 parts simmering water to 1 part quinoa, for about 10 – 15 minutes). Turn off the heat, fold in 1 tsp of olive oil and set aside.

3. While the quinoa is cooking, place the tomatoes in a baking dish and bake, until slightly soft, about 10 minutes.

4. In a medium pan, saute shitake mushrooms in remaining olive oil on medium heat, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add salt and ½ Tbsp oregano.

Fancy Food Plating (as seen in above picture): Once quinoa is cooked, place a round cookie cutter on the plate and spoon in quinoa, lightly packing it in. Add shitake mushrooms on top, then baby heirloom tomatoes. Garnish with a few leaves of fresh oregano and serve.

Rustic Food Plating: Once quinoa is cooked, fold in shitake mushrooms, tomatoes and the juices from the tomatoes. Add this quinoa salad to a big bowl and  garnish with 1 Tbsp of fresh oregano leaves and serve.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. sean sullivan permalink
    10 am

    I still think “kee NO a” before I remember the right way to say it — no biggie! This recipe sounds great — I’ve never prepared quinoa before, nor have I done the ring-trick. If it’s a complete protein, does that mean the carb count would be less than riced?

  2. brandon maya permalink*
    10 am

    Hey, Sean Sullivan,
    I’m happy you like the quinoa recipe, once you try the recipe and report back!

    For 185 grams of quinoa you get 39 grams of carbohydrates, that 13% of your daily value. To read more about quinoa nutritional facts look here – .

    Love, Peace and Happy Grains,
    Brandon Maya

  3. Jen permalink
    12 pm

    Awesome recipe!
    I recently found a great artcle on growing your own tomatoes in WA so now I know what to do with them!

Leave a Reply to sean sullivan Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: