Quinoa Salad with Cucumber

Quinoa with parsley and cucumber forms a fresh take on tabbouleh.

  • Servings: 6
Quinoa Salad with Cucumber

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2009


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small English cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise (1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Bring water, quinoa, and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat; cover, and simmer until tender and water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet, and let cool on a wire rack.

  2. Combine shallot, vinegar, and red-pepper flakes in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil until emulsified.

  3. Transfer quinoa to a large bowl, and stir in cucumber, parsley, and vinaigrette. Season with salt.


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