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Toasted Quinoa, Snow Peas, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella Salad

Toasted Quinoa, Snow Peas, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella Salad

Quinoa grains are covered with a naturally occurring bitter substance called saponin. Although processors remove most of this soapy substance by either washing or polishing the grain, it is important that quinoa be thoroughly rinsed in several changes of clean water before it is cooked. For added flavor, toast it before cooking.

Cooking Light JUNE 2007

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup diagonally cut snow peas
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) diced fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped seedless cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)

Preparation

Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add quinoa to pan; cook 5 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently. Add 3 cups water to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 15 minutes or until tender. Fluff with a fork; cool. Place quinoa in a large bowl. Add peas and next 6 ingredients (through tomatoes).

Combine rind and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add juice mixture to quinoa mixture; toss gently to coat.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 265
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Fat: 8.6g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
  • Protein: 9.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 35.1g
  • Fiber: 4.8g
  • Cholesterol: 11mg
  • Iron: 3.8mg
  • Sodium: 368mg
  • Calcium: 138mg
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