6-7smallfingerling potatoes, (about 1 ½ cups worth)
4cupslettuce, of your choice
2-3Persian cucumbers, (about 1 ½ cups chopped)
3tablespoonsbasil or parsley, (or both)
2tablespoonsextra virgin olive oil
¼teaspoonflake salt, (see notes)
Wash quinoa in cold water 2-3 times to remove its natural saponin coating. Saponins are difficult to digest and can make quinoa taste bitter. Add washed quinoa with ⅔ cup of water to a saucepan and bring to a boil on high. Reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow quinoa to rest for 15 minutes with the lid on to soak up the remaining water.
Steam the potatoes using a steamer basket or a saucepan along with a cup of water. The steaming method (rather than boiling) will give the potatoes a light quality for this summer dish. Cover with a lid and steam for 6 minutes on low.
Wash the green beans, chop off the stems, and cut into bite-sized pieces. Add green beans on top of the potatoes and continue to steam until both the potatoes, and the green beans, are fully cooked (about 8 more minutes). Remove from heat and drain if necessary, then place in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to cool. When you are ready to assemble the salad, cut the potatoes into smaller pieces if needed, then toss vegetables with a splash of olive oil and a pinch of salt.
Chop the lettuce, cucumber, cilantro, and other fresh herbs. Keep the lettuce, herbs, and cucumber separate.
Assemble the salad in layers. Place the lettuce on the bottom, then layer on the prepared potatoes and green beans, cucumbers, and quinoa, followed by fresh herbs, fresh lime, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
You can substitute English cucumber (or any cucumber) for the Persian cucumber.Substitute fingerlings with your favorite potato. Cook the potates whole, allow to cool, then chop into bite-sized pieces.Mix and match your favorite fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives, oregano, thyme, or summer savory.If you don’t have flake salt yet, you can use any quality salt. Flake salt is often referred to finishing salt or pyramid salt due to the way it is processed. Malden Flake Salt is the most common brand. You can find it on Amazon or at a green grocer. The advantage of flake salt is its briny taste. The large piece of salt stays on your tongue longer so you can enjoy it. This recipe is based on a recipe by Laura Plumb.