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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.

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Credit: Iain Bagwell

Recipe Summary

55 mins
Serves 4


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

328 calories; calories from fat 62%; protein 8.9g; fat 23g; saturated fat 7.7g; carbohydrates 18g; fiber 3g; sodium 307mg; cholesterol 7mg.