Quinoa, Beet, and Arugula Salad

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Quinoa has a light, fluffy texture when cooked, and can be used as an alternative to white rice or couscous in most dishes. The arugula has a rich peppery taste, and has an exceptionally strong flavor for a leafy green which goes well with the slightly nutty flavor of the quinoa.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ pound beets, peeled and sliced

  • 1 cup red quinoa

  • 2 cups water

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • ½ cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 green onions, sliced

  • 3 ounces arugula, chopped

  • 5 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan, and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Cover pan and bring the water to a boil. Add beets, cover pan, and steam until just tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

  2. Bring quinoa and 2 cups water a saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

  3. While the quinoa is cooking, whisk olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt, and black pepper together in a large bowl.

  4. Remove quinoa from heat, then immediately add half of the vinegar dressing while fluffing the quinoa with a fork; reserve remaining dressing. Cover and refrigerate quinoa until cool, at least 1 hour.

  5. Stir green onions, arugula, goat cheese, beets, and remaining dressing into cooled quinoa mixture. Toss lightly before serving.

Editor's Note:

Please note the differences in ingredient amounts when using the magazine version of this recipe as well as differences in time for chilling.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

379 Calories
27g Fat
26g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 379
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 552mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 107mg 8%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 251mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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