Spicy Quinoa Salad

By Thursday, September 15, 2011

I recently posted about my new found love for quinoa. Since then, I have expanded my horizons even more. For my boss’ birthday, a coworker and I got her Quinoa 365 – a best-selling quinoa cookbook. I’ve been seeing it everywhere lately and thought of her every time, so naturally it was the perfect birthday present. She’s a raw vegan, but she eats quinoa because of its nutritional value. After flipping through the book (which is beautiful), I learned that there are different types of quinoa – red and black! I picked some up on a quick trip to the Bulk Barn.

Quinoa 365

I’m always trying to imagine different ways to cook quinoa. Recently, as I was doing some quinoa research online, I stumbed upon this blog – www.cookingquinoa.net. I fell in love. The writer, Wendy, writes only about quinoa and has the most delicious, unique and flavourful recipes. And, like me, she’s not into sweets and baking as much as the savoury stuff. I added her website to my Google Reader and I want to make every recipe she posts!

I decided to try her most recent recipe for Spicy Quinoa Salad, but I had to change it up a bit. Here’s her recipe with my changes in italics.

Spicy Quinoa Salad
3 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup uncooked) – I used black quinoa
2 cups corn – I used a bit less than this and it was still a lot of corn
1 red pepper, chopped – Didn’t have any so I sautéed some onion and radishes
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 T fresh lime juice
1/2 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp chipolte chili powder – I used one whole chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
In a large bowl, combine quinoa, corn, red pepper and cilantro. In a small bowl combine lime juice, olive oil, garlic, chipolte chili powder, smoked paprika and salt. Toss dressing with quinoa mixture and serve at room temperature or chilled.
Preparation time: 8 minute(s)

I also chose to sprinkle the dish with salted pumpkin seeds – delicious! I think Wendy did this too (you can see them in her pictures). Anyway, this recipe is awesome and very similar to my Canadian Living recipe in my Discovering Quinoa post.

Anyway, the moral of the story is that I am so happy to have found a really great quinoa website to follow. I love reading Wendy’s posts – check it out!

1 Comment
  • kelly
    September 15, 2011

    ooo can’t wait to try this one! and good idea about bulk barn, never thought to look there!

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