Quinoa and Pomegranate Salad

Try this quinoa and pomegranate salad – a fresh and healthy side dish for any occasion.This recipe is courtesy of...

Try this quinoa and pomegranate salad – a fresh and healthy side dish for any occasion.

This recipe is courtesy of Sparkpeople.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cup quinoa, rinsed in cold water three times
  • 6 Cups Water
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 Cup scallion greens, washed and sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley, washed and roughly chopped
  • Seeds from one pomegranate (about one cup)one tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Cup toasted sliced or slivered almonds (optional)

Directions

In a large pot, add the 1/2 salt to the 6 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Add the quinoa, and cook until tender (about 8 minutes). Using a sieve, drain it well. Cool it to room temperature, and set it aside in the refrigerator.

Mix the scallion greens, parsley, pomegranate seeds, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and sugar in a bowl.

Add the quinoa, and season with salt and pepper to taste. To serve, top with the toasted almonds.

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.