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Red Quinoa Salad

The health benefits of this gluten-free ancient grain are spectacular. Red quinoa makes a beautiful main-dish salad, but you can use whichever color you’d like.

Oxmoor House SEPTEMBER 2012

  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 3/4 cups salad and 1 lemon wedge)
  • Hands-on:10 Minutes
  • Total:1 Hour, 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked red quinoa
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced shallots
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (1/2-inch) diced seeded tomato
  • 1/2 cup (1/2-inch) diced seeded cucumber
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 lemon wedges

Preparation

1. Cook quinoa according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and place in a large bowl. Let cool 1 hour.

2. While quinoa cools, combine oil and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Let stand 20 minutes.

3. Add dressing, tomato, and next 4 ingredients (through chickpeas) to quinoa; toss well. Add cheese, and toss gently. Serve with lemon wedges.

Kids Can Help: With a child-safe knife, kids can chop the tomatoes and cucumber, and then crumble the feta.

Note:

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 460
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Fat: 24.7g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 14.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.8g
  • Protein: 12.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 48.4g
  • Fiber: 7.4g
  • Cholesterol: 13mg
  • Iron: 3.5mg
  • Sodium: 499mg
  • Calcium: 133mg
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