Quinoa and Pistachio Salad w/Moroccan Pesto

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 256.8
  • Total Fat: 15.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 590.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 42.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.5 g
  • Protein: 8.5 g

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July 2009 issue of Cooking Light recipe July 2009 issue of Cooking Light recipe
Number of Servings: 6


    1 red bell pepper
    1 cup uncooked quinoa
    1 cup fat free less sodium chicken broth
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
    1/3 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    2 tbsp coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley
    3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
    1/2 tsp ground cumin
    1/4 tsp kosher salt
    1/4 tsp ground red pepper (cayenne)
    2 large garlic cloves coarsely chopped
    12 oil cured olives, pitted & chopped (kalamata)
    1/4 cup chopped pistachios


Cut red pepper in half lenghwise and discard seeds and membranes. Plase on foil lined baking sheet and flatten with hand. Broil on grill or in oven skin sides up until blackened (about 12 minutes). Place in zip top or brown paper bag and seal. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and chop.

Place quinoa, broth, 1/2 cup water and orange juice in a large saucepan. bring to boil; cover and reduce heat. simmer 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Place cilantro and next 7 ingredients (through garlic) in a food processor; process until smooth. Coombing bell pepper, quinoa mixture, cilantro mixture and olives in a large bowl. Top with nuts. Yields 6 servings, 3/4 each.

Number of Servings: 6

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  • Incredible!
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    We had this for dinner tonight. It was amazing and super-easy to prepare. I would even just eat the quinoa cooked in the broth, orange juice and water. We have decided to live on this, corn-on-the-cob and marinated steak for the rest of the summer! - 7/4/09

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