Guest Post: Balsamic Onions Quinoa Patties & Quinoa Salad


“Shy” Ping

While I’m off to Penang to visit my mama for a couple of days, I’m so delighted to have one my favourite bloggers & fellow penangite Ping from Ping’s Pickings. If you haven’t been to her blog, you must go now. Yes I mean now. Her blog become a must to visit, to get my dose of recipe inspiration and laughter. I’m always waited eagerly.. no, it’s more like waited impatiently.. to her new post, seeing what else she will conjure up next. Ping’s creative and super easy recipes is a delight to try & tested: especially her 2 ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream, easy Coconut Pie and  Passionade Ale.. and not forgetting her reconstructed recipes of Yong Tau Foo and Mango Glutinous Rice.

Yes, I can tell you Ping is even more funny in person & her yummy bakes is unforgettable – still can’t get over her pineapple tarts.  Ok enough of me babbling non-stop about Ping, it’s her turn. Take it away Ping!

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Whoo! My first time doing a guest post!

Thank you Shannon, for asking. I’m excited! I’m nervous! I’m panicking!

Shannon asked. I’d said ok. I’d be honored. I asked Shannon if there is anything specific she’d like. She’d said no, no specific recipe. I asked if there are any special requests. And she’d said yes! It needs to be simple and healthy (ie. no deep frying, no loads of sugar/butter/cream). All of the above is what I am … unhealthy. Now you see why I’m panicking? I’m doomed!

Ok, ok, I’m calm, I’m calm. I just need to see this as a challenge to my high-fat-cream-infused brain.

Wait. What’s this packet of healthy looking thing doing in my pantry? It stuck out like a sore thumb. The mother of all grains, Quinoa! (Well, according to the Incas, anyway).

How healthy is that?

And when I told Shannon it’s going to be quinoa, she said, “Quinoa? Isn’t that too healthy for you?”. Does she know me or what?

Quinoa Salad

Confession: This is the first time I’m having quinoa. I’d read so much of it having the highest protein content compared to other whole grains, contains all 9 essential amino acids (a complete protein), gluten-free and cholesterol-free.

And I can tell you that I’m already totally in love with it. (Strange, isn’t it? Me being in love with health food). I love the texture. It’s not mushy like I initially thought it would be. I love the subtle crunch. And I can think of so many ways to use this. There’s gonna be a lot more posts on it soon!

Now, a little bit about how Shannon and me came about before I go on to the recipe …

I’d first found Shannon on the blogsphere when I noticed her Mee Goreng, just like how the hawkers do it back home. I drooled, I commented, she replied. We checked out each other’s posts regularly. And recently, we met up a couple of times. I tell you, that girl is sweet! And to find out that we’re both from Penang, fellow islanders, even sweeter!

I’m helping her out here today as she heads off to Penang.

Eat all the hawker stuff for me, Shannon, and as much seafood as you can manage!

I call this “Death by Quinoa” …. kidding. Well, since there are two recipes here and both use quinoa, isn’t that appropriate? No? Oh well, for a better and boring name …

4.6 from 5 reviews
Balsamic Onions Quinoa Patties
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6 patties
Balsamic Onions Quinoa Patties
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (see below on how to cook quinoa)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbs chopped spring onions
  • ½ cup grated parmesan or any strong cheese
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 medium-sized onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • Sour cream & chopped spring onions
  1. First cook the quinoa. Wash and rinse 1 cup quinoa. Place in a rice cooker and add 2 cups of water.
  2. When cooked, fluff up to loosen grains and leave to cool a little.
  3. For the balsamic onions, heat a little oil in the pan and saute sliced onions til soft but not browned. Add in balsamic vinegar and cook until reduced and sticky. Cool.
  4. To make patties: In a mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, spring onions, cheese, breadcrumbs, balsamic onions and salt.
  5. Stir in 2 cups of cooked quinoa.
  6. Shape into patties.
  7. Spray a little oil on a non stick pan and cook patties for about 3 minutes on each side.
  8. Serve hot with sour cream and chopped spring onions.

Note: I had about 1 cup of cooked quinoa left after making the patties, so I’d made them into a salad as an accompaniment.

4.6 from 5 reviews
Quinoa Salad
Recipe type: Entree
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 1 picolino cucumber
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs mild mustard
  • 2 - 3 tbs grapeseed oil
  • ¼ tsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of sugar
  1. Cut tomatoes and cucumbers to bite-sized. Add to the quinoa in a salad bowl.
  2. Place all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a jar. Screw the lid on tight and shake to mix well.
  3. Toss together with the quinoa, cucumbers and tomatoes.
  4. Serve as a side or it's just as good on its own.
  5. Add some leftover roast meat to it and you get a lovely light lunch or dinner.

Have ever seen such gorgeous health food? I bet anyone who has not tried Quinoa is now a new convert. Oh Ping, I can’t wait to try the quinoa patties


  1. Both of these recipes look fabulous and I love how you highlighted each in the pictures. Great shots! Can’t believe this is your first time cooking with quinoa! Obviously a grain for you because these are fabulous recipes! I’m especially drawn to the patties! Great post. Shannon – how you’re having a wonderful trip!
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  2. hi shannon, nice to know you, came over from ping’s blog to chk that healthy stuff! never tried quinoa before but if ping , can i call her a dessert fanatic…likes it , i see no reason why i dont like it 🙂 one thing you know girls, i always get mistaken between lentils and quinoas 🙂

    • Hi Lena. A dessert fanatic? Hmm … I’ve never thought of myself that way 🙂
      Just to help clear things up … quinoa’s more towards a grain, a pseudo-cereal and lentils are legumes. At least that’s what wiki tells me … what do I know about health foods besides that they all need the addition of bacon! 😀
      Hopefully Shannon can enlighten us more on this … Shannon? You there? Yoohoo!

  3. Oh, the patties and the salad just pair very well. Full of colorful deliciousness here. Thank you Shannon for a wonderful guest like Ping. Yes, she is very entertaining and I’m glad I stumbled upon her blog and yours. You both are wonderful!
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  4. Visiting from Ping’s blog! Nice to meet you Shannon!
    Ping, can’t believe it was your first time having quinoa. Both your patties and salad look amazing, and I must say they seem to be coming from a pro!
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  5. quinoa sure looks so cute!! I’m tempted to go out n get a pack of quinoa

  6. Hi Shannon, so nice to meet you! Thanks to both of you talented ladies for a fabulous guest post! Love the amazing, healthy and delicious Quinoa Patties, and the yummy salad to go with it!

  7. Ping, your quinoa patties are *gorgeous* !! This has to be one of my very favourite Ping recipes, right here, right now ;-). And look at those photos – they’re exquisite – the light, the colour, the contrasting seeds. I would be most delighted to dine on these lovelies… If you ask me, you killed it sister! Dynamite guest post :).

  8. ¡Maravillosa receta!
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  9. These are the best looking veggie patties I have seen in a while. What a superb job for having never used the mother of all grains. Thanks for sharing this. Have a lovely weekend both of you.
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  10. hey you two! Its nice to see ping here today Shannon. Both of you are very talented!

    Ping I fell in love with your patties when I saw it in google+, just need to get quinoa now. I hadnt bought it in ages, since I never new what to do with it. It tastes otherwise plain and boring. Balsamic is a crazy good idea, I wish I got the idea. lol I want more recipes like that! =D
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    • Oh Helene, thanks for your lovely comments! there’s tons of recipes online for quinoa and sometimes I se quinoa as my carb instead of rice

    • Thank you, Helene! Yeah, by itself it’s pretty bland and boring, altho very pretty to look at. Now I’m thinking of all sorts of ways to use it. I haven’t gone off the salad part yet, totally love the texture.

  11. Hi Shannon! My first time here. Noticed I have to do maths to drop comments 🙂

  12. Whoa! Quinoa…….I have heard so much about it and actually held a packet of it at the organic shop a few weeks ago. Then I saw a muffin recipe with quinoa in it and now this! Ping, your quinoa patties and salad do look absolutely delish. Yes, I’m going back to that shop to buy the quinoa 🙂

    • Hi Phong Hong, thanks for dropping by my blog. You’d better retract back your steps to that shop and get a packet asap 🙂 muffin with quinoa.. hmm.. would love to try that recipe.
      and oh readers with good maths skill can only drop a comment.. hahaha

    • You crack me up, Phong Hong! Naw … don’t need math skills these days… a calculator will do 🙂
      Go get that pack of quinoa. I’m sure you can come up with a kerabu of sorts with it. I still can’t get over your last kerabu post … yum!

  13. I would love to try this!! 🙂
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  14. SO fun to find Ping guest posting here today! What a yummy, healthy dish…you have a whole other cooking side, my friend!!! Well done~

    • Thanks for dropping by Liz, and yes Ping did an amazing job!

    • A Madam Jekyll and Missy Hyde of cooking, eh? I was panicking for a bit initially but thanks to Shannon twisting my arm (kidding, Shannon), I now have less fear to whip up something healthy…. altho I have a feeling putting in the cheese and egg may not be the best in health food … oh heck, I’m allowed, it’s my first attempt 🙂

  15. WOW Ping – we’ve been bumping into each other a lot lately! 🙂 You just blew me away. First of all – working with a new ingredient for a guest post is pretty gutsy and secondly – WOW! Both of these recipes look absolutely delicious and something that I would be proud to serve at my dinner table! Great job and a great first guest post! Enjoy your trip Shannon!!!
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    • Hello MJ! Thank you! Bumps like these are nice … not the flabby ones on me 🙂 Now if I keep on with this healthy food thing, who knows, I might get rid of a few! LOL!

      • I just got back to “civilisation” and was blown away by the number of comments for this post. I agree with you MJ, Ping is a gutsy lady even in real life 😀 still drooling at the patties

  16. I love your outlook in the foodie world and really enjoy the quinoa + parm in this!
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  17. Awww …. thanks for all those lovely words, Shannon. As the Penangites would say, “my boey is so kiao already” 🙂
    I’m so very honored to do this post for you and to help out while you are spending time with mum. Treasured moments, those are.
    Hope you get to try this out!

    • Sama-sama penang lang mah 🙂 hope “your boey continue kiao ah” for long time 🙂
      Thanks again for helping me out and for reminding me. sometimes just take things for granted. yes time with mum is really treasured
      yes can’t wait to try your recipe out when I get back!

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