Zesty Confetti Salad With Quinoa

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by MN_SpiceHunter

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.

Top Review by Mindelicious

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!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  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. 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. 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. 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.

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