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

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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).

Step 2

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

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Ratings & Reviews

pluotsmom's Review

September 15, 2009
I have enjoyed this recipe many times. I agree that it needs more of the dressing. I add at least another 1/8 cup lemon juice, more dijon and olive oil to the mix. It has a very high yield, so unless you are feeding many I would cut the recipe in half.

foodieforpeace's Review

July 06, 2009
This was the side last night to a grilled provencale tuna steak. Very tasty, but really needs more lemon, which I added after tasting. Didn't have mint so used chopped cilantro and italian parsley. It worked.