Quinoa Salad with Roasted Green Chilies

Quinoa is a nutty-flavor grain. Couscous substitutes well in this fresh-tasting salad when quinoa is not available.

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Roast: 20 mins 425°F

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Green Chilies

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Halve chile peppers lengthwise. Remove stems, seeds, and membranes. Place pepper halves, cut sides down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until skins are blistered and dark. Carefully fold foil up and around pepper halves to enclose; let stand about 15 minutes. Use a sharp knife to loosen the edges of the skins; gently and slowly pull off the skin in strips. Cut peppers in bite-size strips. Set aside.
  2. In a fine sieve thoroughly rinse the quinoa in cold water. In a medium saucepan combine quinoa and the 2 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes. Remove from heat. Uncover; let stand about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet cook green onions in the 2 tablespoons hot butter until tender. Remove from heat. Cool.
  4. For vinaigrette, in a small screw-top jar combine olive oil, lime juice, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper. Cover; shake well to combine.
  5. In a bowl toss cooked quinoa or couscous, roasted pepper strips, cooked green onions, vinaigrette, cilantro, and pine nuts. Stir until combined. Line a serving platter with lettuce. Top with salad and roasted pepper. Top with additional whole roasted peppers. Serve salad at room temperature. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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Test Kitchen Tip:

While roasting peppers, add additional whole small peppers to use as garnish. Roast but do not peel the small peppers.

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Nutrition Facts (Quinoa Salad with Roasted Green Chilies)

  • Per serving:
  • 366 kcal ,
  • 21 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat ,
  • 5 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 11 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 8 mg chol. ,
  • 147 mg sodium ,
  • 39 g carb. ,
  • 4 g fiber ,
  • 3 g sugar ,
  • 11 g pro.
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