Cherry-Quinoa Salad

Nutty quinoa adds plenty of protein to this fresh, cherry-studded salad recipe.

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Chill: 2 hrs

Cherry-Quinoa Salad

Directions

  1. For vinaigrette, in a screw-top jar combine vinegar, oil, honey, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Cover and shake well; chill until needed.
  2. In a large saucepan combine the water, wine, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to boiling. Stir in quinoa. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender and liquid is absorbed. Cool, tossing occasionally.
  3. Stir cherries, carrot, green onions, parsley, and mint into quinoa. Drizzle with 6 tablespoons of the vinaigrette: toss gently to coat. (Reserve the remaining vinaigrette for another use.) Cover and chill quinoa mixture for at least 2 hours. To serve, sprinkle with pistachios.

From the Test Kitchen

*To Serve Salad on Snap Peas:

Trim and remove strings from 1 1/2 cups fresh sugar snap pea pods and cut in half lengthwise. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette; toss to coat. Line a serving platter with snap peas. Spoon the quinoa mixture on top of peas and sprinkle with pistachios.

Nutrition analysis per serving: 355 calories, 10 g protein, 49 g carbohydrate, 13 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 6 g fiber, 13 g total sugar, 9% Vitamin A, 28% Vitamin C, 431 mg sodium, 6% calcium, 19% iron

*To Serve Salad on Cucumber "Ribbons:"

Using a vegetable peeler, cut 1 small seedless cucumber lengthwise into thin "ribbons." Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette; toss to coat. Line a serving platter with cucumber "ribbons." Spoon the quinoa mixture on top of cucumber and sprinkle with pistachios.

Nutrition analysis per serving: 353 calories, 10 g protein, 49 g carbohydrate, 13 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 6 g fiber, 12 g total sugar, 7% Vitamin A, 14% Vitamin C, 431 mg sodium, 6% calcium, 18% iron

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Nutrition Facts (Cherry-Quinoa Salad)

  • Per serving:
  • 322 kcal ,
  • 11 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat ,
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 6 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 0 mg chol. ,
  • 365 mg sodium ,
  • 46 g carb. ,
  • 6 g fiber ,
  • 10 g sugar ,
  • 9 g pro.
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