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Quinoa Salad with Toasted Almonds

Quinoa has a wonderful nutty flavor; here it is blended in a salad with toasted almonds, bell pepper, zucchini, celery, and a lime is squeezed on top.

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  • Servings: 2

Photography: Dana Gallagher

Source: Body+Soul, March 2006

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup (3 ounces) quinoa
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, ribs and seeds discarded, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • 1 lime, halved

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast almonds until crisp, lightly browned, and fragrant, about 7 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Meanwhile, place quinoa in a fine sieve and rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear; drain well.

  2. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium heat. Add yellow pepper, garlic, scallions, and red-pepper flakes; cook until the pepper is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in quinoa, thyme, 1 cup water, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook 7 minutes. Stir in zucchini, cover, and cook until quinoa is tender but not mushy, 5 to 8 minutes longer. Remove the saucepan from heat.

  4. Stir in celery, almonds, and remaining 2 teaspoons oil, season with salt, and fluff with a fork. Cool to room temperature before packing into 2 containers and refrigerating. When ready to eat, squeeze lime over salad, if desired. Serve with additional lime wedge and thyme, if desired.

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