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
How to Make It
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.
Served this at a party and got several requests for the recipe. I did not use as much romaine as the recipe calls for, and I omitted the jalapeno for personal tastes. This will be a regular item when I have vegetarians over as it can stand up as a main dish.