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    Spicy Quinoa Salad

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    25 mins

    5 mins

    20 mins

    rsarahl's Note:

    A zesty and colorful salad that makes great use of cranberries. Nice addition to a holiday buffet as it can be prepped in advance, is zesty and unusual and the flavors compliment most every cuisine.

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    1. 1
      In a bowl, rinse quinoa several times with cold water.
    2. 2
      In a large pot, bring the 2 cups of water to a boil, add the quinoa and simmer for 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
    3. 3
      While quinoa is cooking, combine half of the honey, lemongrass, garlic and peppers in a small bowl.
    4. 4
      Prepare the cranberries by whizzing them in a food processor with the remaining honey and lime juice until the cranberries are mere flecks and the mixture is a beautifully vibrant red.
    5. 5
      When quinoa has cooked, stir in the lemongrass mixture and the cranberry mixture until combined.
    6. 6
      Finally, add the mint, cilantro and red onion to the quinoa and mix thoroughly.
    7. 7
      Set the quinoa salad in a covered bowl in the refrigerator for at least an hour to chill before serving.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 14, 2010


      Wow!!! All I can say is WOW!!! This was so delicious. I made it with the red quinoa. It turned out kind of a purple color. It would have been prettier if I had used the regular quinoa instead. It still tasted great. Since somebody had told me that you should roast quinoa before cooking it I did.

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    • on December 15, 2008


      I loved everything about this, the taste, the colour, the looked terrific on a holiday buffet, and the leftovers were perhaps even better the next day.

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    • on November 20, 2007


      This was very good! I loved the strong lemongrass flavor (I may even add more next time), and the color of this salad is really beautiful. The recipe definitely benefits from a long chilling time; it allows the flavors to develop very nicely. Thanks for sharing this unusual recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for Spicy Quinoa Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (249 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 250.4
    Calories from Fat 22
    Total Fat 2.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 14.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 53.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
    Sugars 19.4 g
    Protein 6.0 g

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