quinoa salad-easy

quinoa salad-easy

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 178.5
  • Total Fat: 4.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 189.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 29.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.4 g
  • Protein: 6.2 g

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serving size = one cup.
red quinoa and frozen mixed veggies with canned olives, artichoke hearts and tomatoes. simple and healthy...add fresh herbs and spices to your personal taste.
serving size = one cup.
red quinoa and frozen mixed veggies with canned olives, artichoke hearts and tomatoes. simple and healthy...add fresh herbs and spices to your personal taste.

Number of Servings: 12


    mix first in a bowl, and let it macerate while the quinoa cooks:

    0.5 raw red onion, diced
    1/4 cup (or less) Cider Vinegar...or whatever vinegar you like
    1/4 tsp sea salt...or to taste
    red pepper flakes...you decide how much
    if you want oil, add about 1/4 cup (not counted in nutritional info, because the olives add enough fat)

    2 cups of dry red quinoa, COOKED to make 6 cups

    2 (10 oz packages...or about 6 cups?) Mixed Vegetables, frozen
    1 can olives, Lindsay Naturals Black Ripe (or green,) drained
    1.5 cup diced fresh tomato
    1 cup Artichoke hearts in water, drained and roughly chopped
    1/2 cup or MORE (big handful) fresh mint or cilantro other fresh herbs...or USE WHAT YOU LIKE. ;-)


great with smoked salmon, for those who eat fish, or chick peas for added protein


makes 12 one-cup servings, or one huge salad bowl to serve 6-8 hungry people.

cook the quinoa (2 cups dry red) as you normally do. I soak and rinse mine b4 cooking. I drain, put in a medium pot with an equal part of water. I let it come to a boil, then turn it down to a simmer, like rice. It cooks in about 15-20 minutes. It is done when it has absorbed the liquid and is soft, but not mushy.

put diced onion, salt, pepper, vinegar, and oil in a really LARGE bowl. this is like your dressing. let it sit while the quinoa cooks.

Meanwhile, chop your herbs, drain and crush the olives, chop the artichoke hearts, and tomatoes, etc., and set aside.

add the HOT quinoa to the LARGE bowl, then put the FROZEN veggies on top.

Stir gently...the heat from the quinoa will thaw the veggies. If your quinoa is already cold, then just thaw the veggies first.

taste it. fix it.

add the fresh mint, or parsley or whatever. i like to add about 12 fresh green sorrel leaves, chopped, if i have it. if you have time, go ahead an add some fresh veggies as well...like red bell peppers, celery, whatever...it won't change the fat and will barely add any calories.

Chill to let the flavors combine.

Taste and decide if you need to add vinegar, salt, pepper, or other spices.
I tend to add my dried herbs and spices at the beginning, but i don't measure...sorry.

Fresh herbs must be added AFTER the quinoa has cooled a bit (which will happen right away if your veggies are frozen,) or they will turn brown.

This doesn't need olive oil, because of the olives, but you may want to add some for extra flavor.

Serve with fresh salad greens. Have some cheese on the side for non-vegans or those who don't care about fat and calories.

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    loved it! I added to my version sun dried tomatoes, and sorrel leaves. - 9/22/10

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