Even for non-vegetarians, quinoa is a great change to rice or pasta. I've been trying to think of more dishes using quinoa and came up with this salad.

Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring water to boil in a small saucepan. Pour in quinoa, raisins, and a pinch of salt. Cover, and let simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, then remove from heat, and allow to cool to room temperature.

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  • Toss together the tomatoes, onion, radish, cucumber, and almonds in a large bowl. Stir in the cooled quinoa, then season with mint, parsley, cumin, lime juice, sesame oil, and salt. Chill 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

347 calories; protein 9.5g; carbohydrates 53.3g; fat 11.8g; sodium 178.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2006
I recently found and fell in love with quinoa and have been making all sorts of dishes with it. This one did not disappoint! I wasn't able to find tomatoes I was happy with so I instead used grape tomatoes. I also cut the radishes into smaller chunks os that you could get more of everything in each bite. I took the salad to my dad's house for a Labor Day bbq this weekend and everybody loved it! It's really flavorful and refreshing- I wasn't sure how the mint would go with everything but it really is a perfect blend of flavors. I will be making it again and again. Read More
(61)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/30/2007
This was an okay salad but I had higher expectation for it especially since I love quinoa. The sesame-cumin-lime combination was odd and the whole thing was too acidic for me. On day two I made lettuce wraps of it and the sweetness of the romaine really helped round out the sharp flavors. I want to try this with something like fresh strawberries added for a touch of sweet and see what that does. Read More
(16)
94 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 58
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2006
I recently found and fell in love with quinoa and have been making all sorts of dishes with it. This one did not disappoint! I wasn't able to find tomatoes I was happy with so I instead used grape tomatoes. I also cut the radishes into smaller chunks os that you could get more of everything in each bite. I took the salad to my dad's house for a Labor Day bbq this weekend and everybody loved it! It's really flavorful and refreshing- I wasn't sure how the mint would go with everything but it really is a perfect blend of flavors. I will be making it again and again. Read More
(61)
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2008
I used olive oil instead of sesame oil and fresh basil instead of parsley because that's what I had. It was fantastic. I can't wait to have it again in lettuce wraps for an easy lunch. Such a fantastic fresh recipe. The raisins were a great sweet touch. Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2009
I made this exactly according to recipe and it's fantastic. I'm glad I didn't veto the raisins which sounded weird or sesame oil. Something about all these things together is magic. Thanks for this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/04/2008
I was actually a bit too nervous to use the sesame oil for this recipe so I swapped for olive. I took out the cucumbers and added black beans and a smidge more cumin than was called for. It turned out really good! Would have been good with some fresh summer corn too to add a little more sweetness. Read More
(17)
Rating: 3 stars
01/30/2007
This was an okay salad but I had higher expectation for it especially since I love quinoa. The sesame-cumin-lime combination was odd and the whole thing was too acidic for me. On day two I made lettuce wraps of it and the sweetness of the romaine really helped round out the sharp flavors. I want to try this with something like fresh strawberries added for a touch of sweet and see what that does. Read More
(16)
Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2010
I feel like there is too much going on in this salad. The only thing I did differently was use celery instead of cucumber; oh, and I cut the radish into smaller pieces. Btw, this recipe says this is four servings - maybe if you're feeding giants!! I have too much leftover after a dinner of ten! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2010
Wicked good! I added a little cilantro to this and used cherry tomatoes (like others suggested). I also used fewer radishes as I am not a huge fan. What a refreshing salad with some great flavors! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/15/2007
I was really board with plain quinoa and this was just a tasty treat. It was a lot of work to chop everything up but it was great in the end. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2007
This is a great recipe for lunches!!! Quickly put up together and really tasty! Read More
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