Quinoa Vegetable Salad

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Quinoa Vegetable Salad
Carol Kicinski

 

Perfect for an outdoor picnic or a light lunch, this quinoa vegetable salad tosses together bright and fresh flavors such as ginger, lime juice, and cilantro to create a refreshing summer recipe that we’ll be making over and over again. 

6
Servings
285
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

* The author uses a low-sodium, gluten-free soy sauce called San-J Tamari Lite.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided for use
  • 1/3 Cup diced red onion
  • 1 Cup pre-rinsed quinoa
  • 2 Tablespoons finely grated ginger, divided for use
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, deveined, and diced
  • 1 Pound fresh snap peas, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 Cup quartered button mushrooms
  • 1/4 Cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce*
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the quinoa and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Add 1 ½ - 2 cups water and 1 tablespoon of the ginger and bring to a boil. Cover the pan, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Let cool completely.

Put the quinoa in a serving bowl and add the bell pepper, peas, mushrooms, and cilantro leaves. Whisk together the remaining ¼ cup olive oil with the remaining tablespoon ginger, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, lime juice, and black pepper. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and quinoa, stir to coat, and serve.
 

Quinoa Shopping Tip

Stock up on quinoa and have it available for the days you are tired of rice or pasta. It's a great substitute for rice, beans, cereal, bulgar, or couscous.

Quinoa Cooking Tip

The general rule is to add one part quinoa to two parts liquid in a saucepan. One cup of quinoa will take about 15 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
16g
24%
Sugar
8g
N/A
Saturated Fat
2g
11%
Protein
7g
15%
Carbs
30g
10%
Vitamin A
75µg
8%
Vitamin B6
0.4mg
17.8%
Vitamin C
73mg
100%
Vitamin E
3mg
15%
Vitamin K
30µg
37%
Calcium
54mg
5%
Fiber
5g
20%
Folate (food)
100µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
100µg
25%
Iron
3mg
18%
Magnesium
83mg
21%
Monounsaturated
10g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
9%
Phosphorus
199mg
28%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
453mg
13%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
14.7%
Sodium
93mg
4%
Sugars, added
3g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
16.5%
Zinc
1mg
9%

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