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Tomato-Mint Quinoa Salad

This salad really exceeded my expectations – it was fantastic! I forgot to buy a cucumber, so we had it without, and it was insanely good. The sweetness of the raisins adds a lot to this dish, and there are so many healthy veggies in it. It’s nice and refreshing on a hot day. The bin of quinoa was empty at the store, but I remembered that they had some already prepared at the salad bar, so I bought that instead. I microwaved the raisins in some water to plump them up, since I didn’t cook them in the quinoa. This is a wonderful dish that I’ll definitely be making again!

Tomato-Mint Quinoa Salad

Tomato-Mint Quinoa Salad
Allrecipes – SunFlower

“Even for non-vegetarians, quinoa is a great change to rice or pasta. I’ve been trying to think of more dishes using quinoa and came up with this salad.”

Prep Time: 40 Min
Cook Time: 15 Min
Ready In: 1 Hr 55 Min

Yield 4 servings

2 1/2 cups water
1 1/4 cups quinoa
1/3 cup raisins
1 pinch salt
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 medium onion, minced
10 radishes, quartered
1/2 cucumber, diced
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons sesame oil
salt to taste

Bring water to boil in a small saucepan. Pour in quinoa, raisins, and a pinch of salt. Cover, and let simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, then remove from heat, and allow to cool to room temperature.

Toss together the tomatoes, onion, radish, cucumber, and almonds in a large bowl. Stir in the cooled quinoa, then season with mint, parsley, cumin, lime juice, sesame oil, and salt. Chill 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving Calories: 346 | Total Fat: 11.8g | Cholesterol: 0mg

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


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