Total Time
25mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a riff on several quinoa salad recipes I've seen around. It's definitely just the basics - feel free to add whatever you like. The gourmet deli I worked at used the lemon vinaigrette with cherry tomatoes, cukes, bell peppers, and chickpeas; I like it with toasted almonds and raisins as listed below. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Rinse the quinoa to remove the bitter coating. Cook quinoa according to package directions (bring quinoa and water to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer until all water is absorbed: about 10 minutes.).
  2. Fluff quinoa with a fork and allow to cool to room temperature while you make the dressing.
  3. Dressing: whisk olive oil into lemon juice and add garlic, if using. Add a big pinch of salt and ground pepper. Taste at this point - it will be sharp but add more salt if needed.
  4. Mix dressing into quinoa and add raisins, almonds, parsley, and onion/scallion. Mix thoroughly and taste again for seasoning; the flavors will mellow a bit in the fridge.
  5. Cool thoroughly and serve - this salad actually tastes better the longer it sits.
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this is my DD2 idea of a great salad. I will rush out to the grocery store (like a demented Mother) and buy the ingredients to make this for dinner. i am sure it will be outstanding!!