This quinoa salad is bursting with fresh flavors and healthy nutrients. Let’s get the pronunciation of this dish out of the way. You don’t want to be the newbie to the foodie scene asking about QUI-noah. At first glance, that makes the most sense, but since when does the English language always make sense? Confidently roll the word off your tongue and act like you’ve always known the correct pronunciation is KEEN-wah.
The Southern way to pronounce any word is to draw out each vowel as long as possible. And why shouldn’t they be drawn out? I mean 5 small vowels are having to shoulder their way in between 21 consonants. They deserve their time in the limelight. The Hawaiian language has it right – every other letter is a vowel. Words like humuhumunukunukuapua’a (Hawaii’s state fish) and Papahānaumokuākea (marine national monument) are spoken on a regular basis. I’d love to traipse through Hawaii taking my dear, sweet, Southern time pronouncing so many lovely words.
Since Hawaii is not in my near future, I’ll focus on the pronunciation of this fabulous trail near the Oregon Coast. Native Americans in the Tillamook tribe named Neah-Kah-Nie after their most powerful god. The mountain is best known for tales of shipwrecked Spanish explorers and buried treasure. While there are varying pronunciations, NE-ka-ne or NA-ka-ne, it is spoken quickly. I guess as a Southerner transplanted to the Northwest for the last 20 years, I should try to fit in.
There is a North Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain Trail as well as the South Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain Trail. You can hike up one direction and down another. Either way you start, you will end up at the top with this gorgeous view which even wildfire smoke can’t obscure.
What’s the perfect lunch as you relish the view at the top? This quinoa salad of course! It has all the flavor and nutrition you need to keep you fueled for the hike back down. Go ahead and buy a big ol’ bag of quinoa. It is a SUPERFOOD after all. Besides being full of vitamins and minerals, quinoa is incredibly high in protein and fiber.
It’s just the thing to super power your hike back down to the beach to dip your toes in the sand.
Twin Foodie Review: Every bite was an explosion of flavor and a different flavor at that. One bite was avocado based. The next a bit sweeter with mango. It was intriguing like a book you can’t put down. I kept eating bite after bite and “thinking” about it. The slight crunch and texture of the corn adds a lot. I happen to believe corn should be added to a lot more things! 🙂