This is a salad with quinoa. It is a grain that is similar to rice and couscous and is available in most health food stores.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat stirring often, until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain and cool completely.

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  • In a small bowl, combine the kumquats, cilantro, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Allow to steep for 5 minutes.

  • In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, pear and cucumber. Add the dressing and toss well. Add the watercress and toss again and serve.

Nutrition Facts

249.7 calories; 6 g protein; 32.1 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 166.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2005
I love quinoa and I loved this recipe. It was a hit at Thanksgiving this year with a huge family that had never had quinoa before! I doubled the pears and used an entire pint-package of kumquats. I also used more like 3 c. watercress and an entire bunch of cilantro because that's what I had. Lastly I used only 1 T. of the olive oil. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2005
I love quinoa and I loved this recipe. It was a hit at Thanksgiving this year with a huge family that had never had quinoa before! I doubled the pears and used an entire pint-package of kumquats. I also used more like 3 c. watercress and an entire bunch of cilantro because that's what I had. Lastly I used only 1 T. of the olive oil. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2005
If I could give this more stars I would. This is my current absolute favorite salad! You've got to try it. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2004
A wonderful and refreshing salad with quinoa fairly simple to make. I added more kumquats and chopped pair for 'sweetness' and color. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2008
This recipe is amazing! I made this for a friend and ended up making another batch for myself- dressing is light and delicious. I used english cucumbers and doubled the pears. I had to research how to use kumquats. You just wash them and chop them skin and all. They can be very seedy so be sure to remove them. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2006
I live in an area that I cannot find kumquats although I do have a tree that only produces in the early spring. I love kumbquats and quinoa so this is the perfect combo! Very refreshing! Next time (next year) I think I'll add purple onion to it. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2009
This is a nice side that would be good with sauted scallops shrimp or a citrus fish dish. I added a bit more lemon and salt. With the leftovers I added Jarlsberg cheese and grape tomatoes. It made a very nice lunch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2016
Delicious!! I used more kumquats...first time using them - yum! Parsley instead of cilantro as a personal preference. I added the zest from the lemon before juicing...hate to see good zest go to waste!...and just because I had some to use up I threw in some dried cranberries but the salad was just as wonderful with or without them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2016
This was a hit. Even my stepdaughter liked it. Light and flavor able. Read More