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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Ingredients

Directions

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Reviews (4)

90 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 24
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: Unrated
03/20/2014
A grain is a seed! Might want to correct that on the page/website. I love quinoa and thought this was delicious!
Rating: Unrated
01/23/2013
Turned out really well, Didn't have peppers though. We used Thai corriander and lime dressing as we had no fresh limes. i will definately make it again!
Rating: Unrated
07/31/2012
This was delicious! I added julienned carrots and sliced zucchini, cilantro and used vegetarian chicken broth. My family ate it up fast.
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Rating: Unrated
01/22/2012
This was delicious! I took another reviewer's recommendation and used less water than indicated - this was a good idea, because even so there was a little water at the bottom. I also did not add the extra oil at the end. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly, and it was a huge hit!