We have long been fans of Caroline MacDonald, TPB alum & bloggerina extraordinaire- both of her beautiful performances on stage and the delicious recipes on her own blog, Caroline’s Vegetarian Kitchen. We are so excited to collaborate with her and share our new ongoing blog series, Barre Food!
Hi TPB fans! I’m so excited to contribute to the TPB blog and share my recipes with you. I had some serious trouble deciding which recipe to share first, but I settled on a refreshing, sweet and savory salad that is great during the summer. Enjoy!
Fig and Apricot Quinoa Salad
by Caroline MacDonald
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup chopped apricots, fresh or dried
6 fresh figs, chopped in large pieces
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
3 T lemon juice
1t minced ginger
Note: This recipe makes a LOT of salad. Try making this when you need something for a summer potluck or a family meal!
Step 1: Combine quinoa and vegetable broth in a sauce pan and heat until boiling. Lower heat and let simmer until all broth is absorbed by quinoa (about 15 min.). Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with a fork.
Step 2: Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and ginger until thoroughly blended. Set aside.
Step 3: In a large bowl, combine quinoa, apricots, figs and parsley. Stir until evenly mixed. Drizzle with dressing and stir until dressing is evenly mixed in.
Enjoy warm or cold!
|Caroline MacDonald danced with The Portland Ballet for five years before graduating in 2012. Currently, she is dancing in the graduate division of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School in Pittsburgh, PA. Caroline also works at Barre, A Real Food Barre, a company started by two Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre company dancers. She is their official “bloggerina” and helps run the social networking side of the business. A lifelong vegetarian, Caroline also has her own blog, Caroline’s Vegetarian Kitchen, where she shares her recipes and other food-related knowledge. You can visit her blog at carolinesvegetariankitchen.blogspot.com.
Photo of Caroline MacDonald by Kayleigh Danowski