Spicy Quinoa, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad Recipe

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Submitted by daeghrafen

Makes 6 servings



http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/health/nutrition/13recipehealth.html?pagewanted=print; adapted slightly to add garbanzos.

Recipe Ingredients for Spicy Quinoa, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad

1 cup quinoa
3 cups water
2 cups diced cucumber
1 small red onion, finely minced
2 cups finely diced tomatoes
1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
15 oz canned garbanzo beans

Recipe Directions for Spicy Quinoa, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad

  1. Place the quinoa in a bowl, and cover with cold water. Let sit for five minutes. Drain through a strainer, and rinse until the water runs clear. Bring the 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add salt (1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon) and the quinoa. Bring back to a boil, and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and translucent; each grain should have a little thread. Drain off the water in the pan through a strainer, and return the quinoa to the pan. Cover the pan with a clean dishtowel, replace the lid and allow to sit for 10 minutes. If making for the freezer, uncover and allow to cool, then place in plastic bags. Flatten the bags and seal.

  2. Meanwhile, place the finely diced cucumber in a colander, and sprinkle with salt. Toss and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Rinse the cucumber with cold water, and drain on paper towels. If using the onion, place in a bowl and cover with cold water. Let sit for five minutes, then drain, rinse with cold water and drain on paper towels.

  3. Combine the tomatoes, chiles, cilantro, vinegar, lime juice and olive oil in a bowl. Add the cucumber and onion, season to taste with salt, and add the quinoa and cilantro. Toss together, and taste and adjust seasonings. Serve garnished with sliced avocado and cilantro sprigs.

Categories

Main Dish, Salads, Side Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 328.8g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
437
Calories from Fat
115
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
12.8g
20%
Saturated Fat
1.6g
8%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
27mg
1%
Potassium
975mg
28%
Total Carbohydrates
65.0g
22%
Dietary Fiber
15.3g
61%
Sugars
10.1g
Protein
18.3g
Vitamin A 12% Vitamin C 22%
Calcium 11% Iron 33%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A
  Good points
  • Low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Very low in sodium
  • High in dietary fiber
  • High in manganese
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