Category Archives: Quinoa Salad Recipes

Quinoa Corn Salad with Cumin

 Ingredients for salad:

¼ cup Quinoa
½ cup vegetable broth (either homemade or pre-prepared)
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tomato, seeded and diced
1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) corn

Ingredients for dressing:

3 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil ( I prefer extra virgin olive oil)
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
2 green onions, sliced (use the whole green onion)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin

Directions:

1. Rinse quinoa before cooking to remove the coating of a bitter substance called saponins.
2. Bring water to a boil.
3. Stir in quinoa, cover and simmer 15 minutes.
4. While quinoa cooks, mix dressing ingredients
5. Add drained black beans, tomato and corn to cooked quinoa
6. Cool and refrigerate.
7. When chilled, add dressing and serve

Nutrition facts: 4 servings: 309 calories; 44 carbs; 12 gm pro; 11 gm fat AND a whopping 14 grams of fiber!

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Quinoa salad with Toasted Almonds

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
½ cup almonds
½ tablespoon olive oil
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 clove garlic, minced
1 green onion, thinly slice
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup sliced thinly zucchini

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1.Rinse quinoa before cooking to remove the coating of a bitter substance called saponins.
2. Bring water to a boil.
3. Stir in quinoa, cover and simmer 15 minutes.
4. While quinoa is cooking, toast almonds in the oven until lightly browned and crisp. This will take 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
5. Heat olive oil in a skillet, sauté carrots, zucchini and garlic (do not overcook garlic-it will become bitter) until slightly tender.
6. Stir together all ingredients (except parsley) and cool in the refrigerator.
7. After cooled, stir in parsley and…
8. ENJOY!!!

Nutrition facts: 363calories: 38 g carbs, 12g protein, 19g (healthy) fat

Toasted Quinoa salad with Carrots

Serves 4-6

Salad Ingredients

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 red pepper, diced
1 green onion, thinly slice
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley (or carrot tops)

Directions

Rinse quinoa before cooking to remove the coating of a bitter substance called saponins.
Dry toast in a skillet until grains begin to pop.
Bring water to a boil.
Stir in quinoa, cover and simmer 15 minutes.
Allow quinoa to cool.
Stir in remaining ingredients
Add salad dressing (recipe below)

Dressing ingredients

¼ cup lemon or lime juice (I prefer lime)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 cloves minced garlic.
¼ cup chopped pumpkin seeds

Directions:

In medium bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients
Add to cooled quinoa salad and (of course) ENJOY!

Nutrition facts: 4, 6 servings: 126, 190 calories: 21, 31g carbs, 7.5, 5g protein, 4,2.5g fat

This recipe was adapted from the Northern Quinoa Corporation.

Golden Quinoa salad with Mango and Walnuts

Serves 6

Salad Ingredients

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 ripe mangoes, chopped
1 red pepper, sliced
1 green onion, thinly slice
1 chili pepper, finely chopped (optional)
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
1 cup California walnuts, toasted and chopped

Directions

Rinse quinoa before cooking to remove the coating of a bitter substance called saponins.
Bring water to a boil.
Stir in quinoa, cover and simmer 15 minutes.
Allow quinoa to cool.
Stir in remaining ingredients
Add salad dressing (recipe below)

Dressing ingredients

1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon minced ginger root
2 teaspoons curry powder
½ teaspoon each, salt and pepper
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Dressing Directions:

In medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, lime juice, ginger, curry, salt, pepper and oil.
Add to cooled quinoa salad and (of course) ENJOY!

Nutrition facts: 388 calories: 38 g carbohydrates, 9g protein, 24 g fat,
Note: Though high in fat grams, the fat comes from healthy olive oil and walnuts

Source: California Walnut Commission