Rainbow Quinoa Salad


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Today’s lunch was rainbow quinoa salad. It tastes just as good as it looks. I had the option to use either mint or cilantro so I added mint to the dressing. I’ll be trying cilantro version next (so can you).

Rainbow Quinoa Salad

To be honest, it took me quite a while to process all the flavours coming out of this salad. It’s minty, sweet-salty, crunchy and juicy. Kinda confusing! 🙂

Let’s do it!

Rainbow Quinoa Salad

Colourful and flavourful rainbow quinoa salad for brunch!

Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 164 kcal
Author Veganbell

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup quinoa washed & drained
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 5-6 mint leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup carrot diced
  • 1/2 cup cucumber diced
  • 1/2 cup tomato diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate optional

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, add 2/3 cup quinoa, a pinch of salt, and 1.5 cups water. Cover the lid and cook for 12-15 minutes over medium heat. 
  2. Once the quinoa is fully cooked, turn off the heat and set aside.
  3. Let's make the dressing. In a medium bowl, add extra virgin olive oil, maple syrup, lime juice, lime zest, salt, pepper, and chopped mint leaves. Mix well and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add the cooked quinoa, chopped bell peppers, carrot, cucumber, tomato, sweet corn, and pomegranate. Give it a gentle stir.
  5. Now add the salad dressing and mix well to combine. Tadaaa! Your rainbow salad quinoa is ready.

Recipe Notes

  1. Cilantro and Mint can be used interchangeably in this recipe. 
  2. Pomegranate is optional.
  3. If you want a tangy flavour, feel free to add some diced raw mangoes. 
Nutrition Facts
Rainbow Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 56
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.2g 10%
Total Carbohydrates 25.7g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5.2g 21%
Sugars 6.4g
Protein 7.1g 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 


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