Recipe: Asian Confetti Quinoa Salad with Almonds

No food is perfect, but quinoa sure comes close!

Quinoa is a superfood seed with incredible nutritional impact. It’s high in protein, fiber, essential vitamins and minerals, and it’s versatile enough to serve for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Some tips for quinoa prep: be sure to rinse it before cooking to remove the bitter outer hull. If you’re short on time, pre-cooked frozen quinoa is available in the frozen foods aisle in most large grocery store chains or health food stores.

Asian Confetti Quinoa Salad with Almonds joins Shrimp Summer Rolls with Tamari-Ginger Dipping Sauce; Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad; and Coconut Ice Cream in our Virgin Vietnamese menu.

Asian Confetti Quinoa Salad with Almonds

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May 31, 2017

This simple salad is a flavorful, versatile way to prepare quinoa. High in protein, fiber, and vitamins, this superfood seed deserves a spot on your dinner table.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients

1/2 cup red quinoa, rinsed

1/2 cup tricolor or other quinoa, rinsed

2 cups water

1 small red bell pepper, chopped

1 small green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup slow-roasted almonds (see directions below)

1/2 cup chopped green onions

1 tbsp low-sodium wheat-free tamari or coconut aminos

1 tbsp rice vinegar

2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

1 tsp toasted sesame oil

1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions

1To Slow-Roast Nuts: Place 1 cup raw nuts and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt in a medium bowl, and add enough water to cover by 3 inches. Soak overnight at room temperature, then drain the nuts. Spread them on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 140°F for 8 hours.

2Combine the quinoas and the water in a small saucepan and cook according to the package directions. Transfer to a bowl and let cool for 5 minutes.

3Fluff the quinoa with a fork and stir in the bell peppers, almonds, green onions, tamari, vinegar, cilantro, sesame oil and salt.

Originally published in JJ Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2015

 

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Nutrition Facts

Calories500
Sodium780 grams
Protein19 grams
Sugar6 grams
Total Fat19 grams
Saturated Fat1 gram
Total Carbohydrates69 grams
Dietary Fiber8 grams

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