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    Zesty Confetti Salad With Quinoa

    Zesty Confetti Salad With Quinoa. Photo by MN_SpiceHunter

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    55 mins

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    25 mins

    MN_SpiceHunter's Note:

    A blend of veggies and quinoa pulled together with a tangy, slightly spicy citrus-pepita dressing. Though there are a lot of ingredients, it's easy to make.

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    1. 1
      Rinse quinoa well. Combine with 3/4 cup water in small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed and holes have formed in surface of quinoa. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature or cooler.
    2. 2
      Dry toast pepitas by putting them in a large skillet or frying pan and shaking over high heat until they begin to pop and "dance". Remove from heat.
    3. 3
      In food processor, combine pepitas, cilantro, lime juice, orange juice concentrate, olive oil, chili powder, cumin and salt. Blitz until a rough paste forms. (It looks a little funny at this stage--don't worry!).
    4. 4
      In a very large bowl, combine veggies, quinoa and sesame seeds and toss. Add citrus-pepita dressing and mix well to coat. Chill at least one hour; overnight is ideal.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 21, 2010


      Somehow I randomly had all the ingredients on hand for this recipe. This was a lovely change of pace from the normal dinner salad and would be great for a potluck or picnic. I didn't think the sauce would be enough but it was plenty & it really clung to all the veggies which was critical. Great recipe - thanks MN_Spicehunter!!!

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    • on November 03, 2009

      Great recipe!!! Followed exactly the first time I made it. The second time I didn't have a lot of the ingredients, but I did have what I needed for the dressing, and then used peas, corn, carrot, and really missed the peppers I didn't have. It was still very good!! So a very versatile salad! Thanks for posting, we will enjoy it for years to come.

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    • on October 07, 2008


      I had to make this for a gathering and everyone loved it. I made a triple recipe (and had to find a big aluminum roasting pan to mix it in!). I didn't triple the cilantro and it seemed to be okay. I cut the broccoli & cauliflower into small florets instead of chopping. No time for the jicama so that got left out. The dressing was more liquidy than a paste but was okay on the salad. I did find the cumin to be overpowering so next time I will go lighter on that.

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    Nutritional Facts for Zesty Confetti Salad With Quinoa

    Serving Size: 1 (173 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 5

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 285.4
    Calories from Fat 127
    Total Fat 14.2 g
    Saturated Fat 2.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 169.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 34.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.3 g
    Sugars 11.6 g
    Protein 9.0 g

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