Squash, Mango & (Almost) Coconut Quinoa Salad

A few weeks ago I cracked open a coconut and scraped out the meat. I attempted to arrange parchment paper to collect the scraped coconut and prevent it from piling up on the base of the device.

coconut

coconut

coconut

 

I scraped the coconut in two batches, limiting the first, as much as possible, to the white part only. The second stage also included bits of the (edible) brown inner shell. The whiter batch will be reserved for dishes where appearance is important. The scraped coconut was frozen for future use.

coconut

coconut

coconut

coconut

 

My plan for today was to feature coconut and mango together in a dish, namely a quinoa salad. Guess what… I remembered the mango but completely forgot about the coconut! Had I remembered, it might have been the ultimate quinoa salad, but it was still among the best I have had.

To cooked quinoa I added:

  • red onion
  • jalapeño
  • red bell pepper
  • mango
  • brined green peppercorns
  • capers
  • sliced kalamata olives
  • blanched yellow crookneck squash
  • squeeze of lime
  • fennel frond
  • parsley
  • basil

quinoa salad

quinoa salad

quinoa salad

 

The capers were rather large so I cut them in half.

I debated which of several fresh herb possibilities to use. Cilantro was a top consideration but I settled on fennel, parsley and basil.

fennel

 

I removed most of the seeds and cubed the yellow squash before blanching for two minutes in boiled water. The blanched squash was cooled immediately under cold running water.

quinoa salad

 

Perhaps, one of these days, I will create a dish that actually includes coconut. Meanwhile, here is the quinoa salad which almost did.

quinoa salad

quinoa salad



 


5 thoughts on “Squash, Mango & (Almost) Coconut Quinoa Salad

  1. Fascinating how you harvested the coconut! I’ve never seen that done before, what a tool that is… is it just for coconut scraping? Or does it have other uses?

    The quinoa salad looks so fresh and healthy and tasty, my mouth was watering, lol. I would probably have to skip the peppercorns, you’ve been on a kick lately adding them to everything, lol! Too spicy for me. But I love the fruit and veggie and grain medley, a delicious rainbow!

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    1. The tool is specifically for scraping coconuts. Probably not a good idea to use it for scratching armpits! In India we had a floor model. Kneeling on one knee the device was held down with the other foot while turning the crank handle. The scraped coconut was collected on a newspaper or something. I was hoping to get that after the folks passed but it ended up with any brother.

      The green peppercorns are not nearly as sharp as black peppercorns. I use them more for flavor than for spiciness.

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      1. Hopefully your brother is putting it to good use. What a great tool for such a specific job.

        Uhg, I would still be so nervous to bite into one and have that taste instantly flood my mouth. I did however just place an Amazon order with some black garlic in it! Dying to give that a try!

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