Strawberry Mint Quinoa Salad + Almost Southern Mint Iced Tea

We are a part of the amazing San Francisco family that is Farm Fresh to you -- and every week get a big ol' box of mixed veggies and a little fruit.  This week, I was rummaging around in the fridge to make some dinner and landed on some strawberries that I'd let go a liiiiittle too long and the bunch of mint sitting in a bit of water.  20 min later....

Strawberry Mint Quinoa Salad

  • 2 c Cooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 c Diced Strawberries
  • 1/2 c Diced Cucumber, de-seeded
  • 2 Tbs Green Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 c Fresh Mint, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2-1 Tbs White Wine Vinegar

Seriously... just chuck all the veggies in with cooled quinoa and mint, drizzle in the olive oil and add white wine vinegar to taste. You can top it with chicken, eat it by itself or roll it up with some garbanzo beans in lettuce cups... endless options!  I threw some avocado on top of a giant bowl of this hot (well...cold...) mess and realized something was missing.

When I stayed with my Mamaw in Kentucky as a wee one, she always had a giant patch of pepper mint that grew along the back fence.  (She swore it was a weed.  I thought it was gum.)  Mamaw always made HUGE jugs of sun tea on her big wooden deck, sweetened it up Southern Style, and added a few mint sprigs to glass of ice before serving it.  I can't handle "Southern" sweet... but my NuNaturals Stevia got it pretty darn close!

Almost Southern Mint Iced Tea

  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 2 "family sized" Lipton Tea Bags (or 8 regular tea bags)
  • 1 Peppermint Tea Bag
  • Liquid or Powdered Stevia
  • Fresh Mint Sprigs

I make iced tea concentrate because our fridge is dorm-sized despite two adults living here....but I digress... point is: THIS IS CONCENTRATED.  Mix it with an equal amount of water and ice if you value your enamel.

Steep tea bags in boiling water for 10-20 min.  When you can't even see through the tea anymore -- it's done.  Fill a giant ass mason jar halfway with ice and cold water, then fill the rest of the way with tea concentrate.  Add Stevia to taste (8 drops or so for me...) and top with a sprig of mint!!

Sending lots of love for a super happy and minty start to your summer!