Vegetarian quinoa salad Mediterranean style dressed in basil pesto and loaded with marinated artichokes, roasted peppers and tomatoes.
Bring the quinoa, water and bay leaf to a boil in a medium pan. Add a good pinch of sea salt and cover with a lid. Turn the flame to low and let the quinoa gently simmer for 15 to 18 minutes until all water is absorbed. Turn off the flame and let the it sit covered for 15 minutes. Discard the bay leaf and fluff with a fork. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Preheat your oven to 350”F. Slice the tomatoes lengthwise into thirds and arrange them cut side up in the bottom of a large lightly oiled baking sheet; preferably without touching each other. Drizzle them with a little olive oil over the top and a pinch of sea salt. Roast in the preheated oven for 25 to 35 minutes until they start to caramelize around the edges.
Drain the artichokes and add them to a bowl together with the garlic, herbs and vinegar. Make sure to cover in the olive oil and refrigerate overnight.
Add the thyme, oregano, bay leaf and red pepper flakes in the bottom of a wide mouth jar or bowl. Place the feta cheese on top together with the lemon peel then add enough olive oil to completely cover it. Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight.
Add the cooked quinoa and pesto to a large bowl. Toss to combine well then spoon it on a nice serving platter. Top with the marinated artichokes, feta cheese and roasted peppers. Sprinkle with the oven roasted tomatoes, capers and pine nuts. Garnish with the fresh dill, basil and scallions.