Roasted Red-Pepper Soup with Quinoa Salsa

Finishing a warm soup with a zesty hit of salsa adds texture and freshness. Here is a winterized version, made by replacing tomatoes with quinoa.

  • Servings: 6
Roasted Red-Pepper Soup with Quinoa Salsa

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Whole Living, December 2011

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • Pinch red-pepper flakes
  • 4 red bell peppers, roasted and quartered
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 small red onion, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and red-pepper flakes and cook until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add roasted peppers and stock. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, 10 minutes. Let cool slightly, then puree in a blender until smooth. Season with salt.

  2. In a small bowl, mix together quinoa, red onion, avocado, and cilantro. Season with salt. To serve, ladle soup into bowls, top with quinoa salsa, and squeeze with lime.

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