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Diane’s Toasted Quinoa Salad

Toasted Quinoa Salad

In Diane’s own words……. “Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, Healthy World, Low Carbs, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, Eat Great, Feel Great ……”

Serves: 4-6

Skill Level: Easy

Prep Time: Under 20 minutes | Cooking Time: Under 10 minutes

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears)

  • 1 cup diced (1/2 inch) cherry tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup thin-sliced (1/4 inch) scallions (white and green parts)


For the dressing:

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, plus more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper, plus more to taste

  • 1 garlic clove, grated

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt


For the garnish:

  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced (1/2 inch)

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

Method


Rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer under cold water for at least 45 seconds. Shake the strainer to remove as much water as possible.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the rinsed quinoa and cook, stirring, over medium heat until it is light golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add 2 cups water to the quinoa, and bring to a boil. Cook, covered, over medium-low heat until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is translucent, 18 to 20 minutes.

Let stand, uncovered, until cool, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the dressing: sprinkle the cumin in a small skillet and toast over medium heat, stirring, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. When the skillet is cool to the touch, add the oil, lime juice, jalapeno, garlic and salt. Transfer to a large bowl, and whisk to blend.  Add the cooled quinoa, corn, tomatoes and scallions to the dressing, and toss to blend.

Spoon the salad onto a large platter, and garnish with the avocado and cilantro.

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