Sweet Quinoa Salad

Sweet Quinoa Salad
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3 Reviews
Sweet almonds and vegetables add flavor and color to this marinated quinoa salad.
20 min
Prep Time
3:00
Total Time
8 servings

Ingredients

Almonds

1 tablespoon
Land O Lakes® Butter
1/2 cup
sliced almonds
3 tablespoons
sugar

Dressing

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

Salad

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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Combine all dressing ingredients in small jar with tight-fitting lid; shake well. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Tips

- 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
Cholesterol
5mg
Carbohydrates
25g
Protein
5g
Fat
9g
Sodium
390mg
Dietary Fiber
3g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

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.

Rating

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!

Rating

Easy and very good!

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