Quick Quinoa Salad

April 17, 2013

I have been looking for a new quinoa recipe and found this one in the Orange County Register.  It’s quick, healthy and makes a great side dish.

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped

2 celery stalks, washed and finely chopped

1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped

1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • Bring quinoa, water and salt to a boil in a 2 qt. or larger pot.
  • Stir in cranberries, turn heat to low, cover pot and simmer for 15 min. or until water is absorbed.
  • Chop vegetables and nuts, and set them in a large bowl.
  • When quinoa is cooked, transfer to bowl and toss to combine.
  • Add balsamic vinegar and toss again.  Salt to taste.
  • Serve warm or chilled and don’t hesitate to add extra ingredients.  Also, you can make substitutions like almonds for pecans.

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