Tomato & Peach Quinoa – A Guest Post by the duo from Whisk Away! August 25, 2010

An editors note:
Before I went on my Scandinavian adventure, I asked two of my favorite bloggers – Katie and Nic from Whisk Away – to guest blog for me while I was gone. Nic held up her end of the bargain, sending me a recipe for an unusual sounding quinoa recipe. I dropped the ball and picked up a box of Kleenex – I got sick at the end of vacation & didn't get around to posting it. I've been thinking about this recipe since I received it…so I made it today for lunch, as you can see above. It's amazingtruly. Original, so flavorful, and a great dish to make for friends that are veggie or gluten-free. Thanks, ladies, for the wonderful recipe contribution and fabulous post. Here goes…

Two sisters, two kitchens, one block apart, one mantra to Whisk Away. Nic keeps it real with health food for her diabetic man. But not to worry, the blog's other half, Kate, keeps the sisters' incredible sweet tooth in business.

It's a rare opportunity in food making, or food blogging, to actually create something never before seen. But if you have a flavor pairing in mind, sometimes you can out cook Google and the legions of cooks to come before. Classic ingredient combinations are a natural place to start. This past fall while traveling through northern Italy I discovered the wonder of pecorino cheese with pear. Since then, I've thrown them together against risotto, pizza, spinach salad and ice cream. No recipe required! It's the ability to translate those combinations across a range of forms that earns you 'good cook' status.

Quinoa, however, has not been the easiest thing to incorporate into my repertoire. And I have really made an effort to bring it into rotation once my #1 recipe tester's pancreas went on the fritz, and began demanding low-carb, low-sugar, generally healthy food. Pasta is out, protein packed quinoa is in. But how to make it summery? Most quinoa recipes highlight its nutty flavor, leaning heavily fall. I can't in good conscience hack into a butternut squash this time of year.

Summer naturally presented me with peaches and tomatoes at the same time. Coincidence? I think not. It's a tried and true flavor combination, that I've seen across caprese-style salads, bruschetta and gazpacho. Could it brighten up a grain sometimes compared to cardboard? My hunch was correct, and Google confirmed this to be the first ever published Peach Tomato Quinoa. And delicious to boot!

Peach Tomato Quinoa – serves 4

  • 4 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 3 peaches, peeled and diced
  • 1 red onion or 2 shallots (skip the Vidalia's, you don't want any additional sweetness)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 1/2 cups broth of your choice (using veggie broth here keep the whole recipe vegetarian or vegan!)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped thyme

– Dice tomatoes and set in a colander to drain excess liquid. Peel and dice peaches and onion.

– Preheat a saucepan. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and allow to drip most water out. Scrape into the pre-heated pot and let it toast for a minute or two until aroma is released. Add the broth and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 20 minutes. You'll know it's done when the liquid is absorbed and the individual grains show a little spiral.

– Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat, adding diced onion or shallots. Cook to take the raw edge off, about three minutes. Add tomatoes and peaches. Saute for no more than five minutes, or else too much liquid will be released and require extra time to boil off. Add basil.

– Fluff quinoa, and serve topped with peach tomato mixture.


The Southern Cookbook Aug 25, 2010 02:08 pm

Woah, this looks wonderful! I ‘ve never had peaches and tomatos together but, I would think the flavors are wonderful! I could always use another Quinoa recipe.~~Thanks Cheryl

Alison Aug 27, 2010 01:08 pm

This looks great! I love the combination and Quinoa in anything

marla {family fresh cooking} Aug 29, 2010 05:08 am

Well done! I love unique & healthy flavor twists. Peach & tomato are indeed very creative. I did a quinoa a number of months back with basil, blood orange and feta. Quinoa works well when you add lots of goodies.
I am looking forward to meeting you at BlogHer Food :)

tami h. Aug 31, 2010 06:08 am

Some folks have told me that they think quinoa is a tough ingredient….which I don’t get! It’s couscous-like and takes on so many different flavors. Thanks for stopping by the blog, Alison :)

tami h. Aug 31, 2010 06:08 am

Thanks for taking the time to comment. Looking forward to meeting you, too :)