Archive | May 2014

Crunchy Quinoa Salad – My Favorite

This Quinoa salad which I got from here when I first tried for pot-luck for a gathering. Ever since that period, it has become one of my favorite and an easy recipe which I make it at home pretty regularly. And yes, everyone loved it.

Crunchy Quinoa Salad

I have made alterations to what has been posted there, here is my way

Ingredients

2.5 cups of white Quinoa (cooking quinoa – equal amounts of water  may be tiny bit more, I added 3 cups of water for 2.5 cups)

Vegetables

Cucumber – 1 Large or 2 medium – cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Grape tomatoes – one medium sized box full – cut into two halves vertically

Scallions – 1 bunch (6-7 stems).- cut into thin slices

Cilantro – one cup – finely chopped

Salad Dressing:

3 garlic cloves – minced

Jalapeno Peppers – 1 or 2 depending on your taste buds

Salt – to taste

2 limes – juice extracted

1/2 tbsp of grounded cumin powder

Olive oil – 3 tsps

Preparation

Wash quinoa 3-5 times and drain the water.

Put the skillet or a frying pan, pour 2 tbsps of olive oil, toast quinoa in it for about 10 minutes on medium high. keep stirring until it turns golden brown color. Pour 3 cups of water and let it cook (yeah the ratio is one is to one). Turn off stove and Let it cool.

Mean while, you can prepare salad dressing – mix all the ingredients listed under “Salad Dressing”

Cut all the vegetables as mentioned above, throw them into cooled Quinoa and toss them all together, and add the salad dressing and mix them well together by tossing it or mixing it with spatula. Whoa it’s ready. It’s cruncy and tastes delicious

It tastes better when it’s refrigerated for an hour… and it makes up for an awesome summer salad.

You can add meat pieces or avocado pieces if you would like.

Go ahead and try it out and let me know what you think?

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