Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

I love grain salads, especially when they combine sweet and savory. There are several possible variations for this: add some chopped orange sections, shredded roast chicken, crumbled feta cheese...or all of the above! From Cooking Light, July 2006

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Whisk all dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cook raw quinoa in a large skillet for 4 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Pour quinoa into a sieve and put the sieve in a bowl.
  4. Add enough water to cover the quinoa and rub the grains between your hands for 30 seconds. Rinse and drain.
  5. Do this two more times. If you skip this step, your quinoa will be bitter. (If you don't want to go to so much trouble, try making this with couscous instead.).
  6. In a large saucepan, combine rinsed quinoa with 2 3/4 cups water and 1/2 tsp salt.
  7. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  8. Bring to room temperature, then stir in remaining ingredients and dressing.
  9. Cover and chill.


Most Helpful

Loved this salad! I served it with grilled salmon and lemony green beans and it was the perfect side dish! It was really not an excessive amount of work to do the toasting and rinsing. Next time I think I will try it with some feta crumbles. Thanks for the recipe and the extra suggestions!

gingersnap June 27, 2010

Salad was great with feta cheese, roasted chicken, and tangarine. My husband and daughters loved it. Will make again.

chef duges September 15, 2008

Yum! I tried this recipe with the three suggested additions (1 large can of mandarin oranges, One whole chicken breast, de-boned, skinned, halved, cubed, and sautéed, and one package of reduced fat feta cheese, crumbled) plus two additions of my own which included 1 cup of dried cranberries,1 small can of black olive slices,drained, Fresh chopped celery leaves from bunch of celery were substituted for the parsley and diced Vidalia onion for the green onions. I also substituted nonfat yogurt for the buttermilk and doubled the dressing recipe because I was afraid it was a bit dry. With these additions I managed to include all five color groups of fruits and veggies thus providing all the photochemicals and antioxidants as well as all the areas in the food pyramid, for complete nutrition in one dish! I will be making this again!

Nurse Hamster June 02, 2007

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