California Quinoa Salad

"My step mom brought this to our family's weekly lunch and visit. It was enjoyed by all ages (which ranged from 1 to 71! I am not sure where she got this recipe, but it is definitely going in my "tried and true" recipe file. Very good, very flavorful...and good for you! It has a nice, colorful presentation, too."
 
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Ready In:
25mins
Ingredients:
13
Serves:
6
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ingredients

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directions

  • Whisk together the first five ingredients in a small bowl to make the vinaigrette.
  • Boil the water and add the quinoa. Simmer for 15 minutes until the water is absorbed.
  • Stir in the spinach and remaining ingredients. Add the vinaigrette and toss gently. Serve at room temperature.
  • Suggest doubling recipe if making for a larger group of people.

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Reviews

  1. lalalucy
    This was a really tasty dinner. The vinaigrette was perfect, and I especially like the addition of the kalamata olives and fresh basil, really helped bolster the flavor. I realizing I'm just not big on avocado so I won't use it again, which I guess negates the "California" aspect of this dish, but hey, it's still really good!
     
  2. agileangus
    Yum! Loved everything about this except the olives. Will leave them out next time. I used shrimp steamed in Old Bay.
     
  3. JenniCat
    Wonderful! a great variety of flavors. It was fresh, filling and satisfying. The only thing I did differently was cooked the quinoa in vegetable broth instead of water, and added an extra garlic clove to the dressing. We left out the basil because we didn't have any on hand. Thanks Likkel for the recipe! We will make this again for sure!
     
  4. gailanng
    Heavenly, delectable, mouthwatering... Ohhhh and I enjoy the internet process of reviewing other people's recipes. It's distant friendships by electrons flowing. See ya on the other side of the internet!
     
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  1. JenniCat
    Wonderful! a great variety of flavors. It was fresh, filling and satisfying. The only thing I did differently was cooked the quinoa in vegetable broth instead of water, and added an extra garlic clove to the dressing. We left out the basil because we didn't have any on hand. Thanks Likkel for the recipe! We will make this again for sure!
     

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