Quinoa Salad with Apricots and Pistachios

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Quinoa Salad with Apricots and PistachiosRecipe
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Mary Catherine Muir
A tiny grain with a texture lighter than rice, quinoa (KEEN-wah) is often dubbed "supergrain" because it's rich in many nutrients, particularly protein. If apricots are in season where you live, by all means substitute fresh--about 6, coarsely chopped--in place of the dried.
4 servings (serving size: 1 3/4 cups)


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3 cups water
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
1/3 cup dried apricots (about 10), quartered
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup shelled dry-roasted pistachios
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine) or slightly sweet white wine (such as Riesling)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 to 1 teaspoon minced jalapeño pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon paprika


To prepare the salad, combine water, quinoa, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Drain the quinoa mixture through a sieve over a bowl, reserving 3 tablespoons cooking liquid. Combine quinoa mixture, lettuce, and next 8 ingredients (lettuce through black pepper) in a large bowl; set aside.

To prepare the vinaigrette, combine reserved 3 tablespoons cooking liquid, lime rind, and remaining ingredients in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Pour vinaigrette over quinoa mixture, and toss well to coat.

Created date

June 1999

Nutritional Information

Calories 365
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Fat 11.8 g
Satfat 1.5 g
Monofat 6.9 g
Polyfat 2.2 g
Protein 10.4 g
Carbohydrate 57.7 g
Fiber 10.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 7.2 mg
Sodium 481 mg
Calcium 96 mg