Apr 022012

A long time ago, I used to come here. Often.

I used to come here to think,
and most importantly,
to enjoy the peace and quiet this beautiful botanical garden had to offer.

I owe a lot to this beautiful garden. It helped me through some very trying times.

It feels good to come here now and reflect.

. . . and to be happy.

Bellevue Botanical Gardens
— Yao Garden at Bellevue Botanical Gardens

With these happy thoughts came inspiration for this quinoa and radish salad. It is full of vibrant colors and tastes incredibly fresh and bright.

My CSA box was full of beautiful radishes in vibrant reds, pinks and surprisingly — black.

A black radish?  Who knew?  Certainly not me.

Thank you Full Circle — I am in love!!

Baby garlic was also in my box.  Baby garlic! I don’t think I have ever been so excited.  I knew it would be an excellent addition to this already delicious salad as it really offered up a nice crunch and intoxicating mild garlic flavor and aroma.  I absolutely love, love, love baby garlic.

Thinly sliced radishes, kale, baby garlic and tomatoes only begin to tell the tale of this most delicious salad.

My favorite part?

It is soooo simple to make.

Bellevue Botanical Gardens

Prepared in my Airstream’s kitchen, it was truly an enjoyable day

Surrounded with bright colors both from the veggies and my bright and fun home Airstream decor made me very happy.

Isn’t it interesting how certain colors make us feel?

I am always happy here.


Some fun canisters in my kitchen . . .

If you do happen to try this recipe, I would love to hear what you think.

Here’s to present and future beautiful days!

Quinoa Radish Salad

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  One Response to “An Afternoon Stroll Through a Japanese Garden and a Simple Quinoa & Radish Salad”

  1. Monica, I must first say that I needed the “Peace” that I received from reading this lovely post as I’m sure you can imagine!! Secondly, Paul LOVES radish so I can’t wait to make him this salad. I too have never heard of a black radish. Thirdly, you inspire me to photograph better (your pics here are divine!), you inspire me to cook more (I would say better but, I’m really not a good cook!) , you inspire me to write more passionately and you inspire me to visit more peaceful locations and take in all the beauty. Thank you!!!

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