Sweet Quinoa Salad

Sweet Quinoa Salad

Sweet almonds and vegetables add flavor and color to this marinated quinoa salad.

20 min. prep time
8 servings
353 Ratings



1/2 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons sugar


1/2 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


1 3/4 cups water
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup match-stick cut carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup sliced diagonally fresh pea pods, tips and strings removed
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper


Melt butter in small skillet until sizzling; add almonds and 2 tablespoons sugar. Cook over medium heat 4-5 minutes or until sugar melts and almonds are golden brown. Watch closely to prevent burning. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Quickly spread onto waxed paper; cool completely. Break into pieces. Set aside.

Combine all dressing ingredients in small jar with tight-fitting lid; shake well. Set aside.

Combine water, quinoa and 1/4 teaspoon salt in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook 12-15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat; let cool 15 minutes.

Combine almonds, cooked quinoa and all remaining salad ingredients in large bowl. Pour dressing over salad; stir until well mixed. Refrigerate at least 2 hours to blend flavors.

Recipe Tip

- If quinoa is not prewashed, line strainer with cheesecloth and rinse quinoa before cooking.

- Quinoa is a very versatile grain which can be used as a substitute for rice in a main dish, side dish or salad.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 200

Fat: 9g

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 390mg

Carbohydrates: 25g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Protein: 5g

Recipe #8428©2012Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

The recipe is easy to make and delicious to eat. I could see adding a little bit a leftover meat to the salad and having a complete meal. I liked the addition of the almonds.
This is fabulous. I've been looking for a new way to prepare quinoa and had to try this one. The butter/sugar/almond combination gives it a nice, sweet crunch. I didn't have white wine vinegar, so I used seasoned vinegar (for sushi rice) and it came out just fine. Delicious!
Easy and very good!

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