Photo: Iain Bagwell
Total Time
55 Mins
Serves 4

We could make a meal of this deliciously unexpected combination, but it's excellent alongside a grilled steak too. Sautéing the quinoa in oil before simmering helps it come out fluffy every time.

How to Make It

Step 1

Make salad: Heat oil with chile and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat until fragrant, 2 minutes. Add quinoa and toast, stirring often, until it starts to turn golden in spots, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in 2/3 cup water, cover, and simmer 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit 5 minutes, then pour quinoa onto a plate and let cool. Discard chile.

Step 2

Meanwhile, put remaining salad ingredients except for cheese in a wide bowl and set aside.

Step 3

Make dressing: In a small bowl, combine 2 tsp. water with all dressing ingredients except oils. Set aside 10 minutes; whisk in oils.

Step 4

Gently toss quinoa with 2 tbsp. dressing. Spoon onto 4 dinner plates. Mound salad mixture on top and tuck in cheese. Season generously with more pepper and serve with remaining dressing to add to salads.

Ratings & Reviews

unexpectedly delicious!

May 31, 2015
Usually spectacle when it comes to berries in a salad, I helped myself to this recipe found in a magazine while at the doctor office.I prepared this for a brunch group of 8 so we placed salad under the quinoa. I used crumbled feta since safeway didn't have ricotta salata.the dressing is really good but double it. There wasn't enough...maybe because I couldn't stop tasting it!I will be making this again!