I haven't been able to get the idea of peanut butter and basil out of my head since I saw this Peanut Butter and Basil Sandwich. A million weird ideas are floating around my head. In fact, they're probably too weird to share with you right now. Instead, I'll introduce you to this flavor combination in a dish that's a little more normal. (After it grows on you I'll utilize this duo in an application even I consider weird.)
Personally, I would up both the peanut butter and basil flavors. A hint of ginger would also work well with this dish. Unfortunately, my little basil plant needs some time to recuperate. I guess I'll have to wait for another day to try out all my crazy peanut butter and basil ideas.
Peanut Butter and Basil Quinoa Salad
adapted from Vegangela
3 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup seeded and finely diced cucumber
2 carrots, julienned
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
* In a small bowl, whisk together peanut butter, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and crushed red pepper flakes; set aside.
*In a medium bowl, combine quinoa, cucumber, carrots and basil. Pour dressing over top and toss to coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving. Season to taste with salt.
Food for Thought: "Expectation is the root of all heartache." -Shakespeare