Sunday, February 20, 2011

Quinoa Salad with Pine Nuts and Cilantro

This is sooo yummy and healthy. I actually didn't add the pine nuts. Didn't have time to stop by Trader Joe's after all.

2 cups quinoa, rinsed very well
1 tsp kosher salt
4 cups water
2/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
4 green onions, finely chopped
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
A few grinds black pepper

In a medium saucepan, add water and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add quinoa. Cook uncovered until most of the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is sputtering, about 10 minutes. Turn heat to low and simmer until all liquid is evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and scoop quinoa into a bowl. Set aside and cool.

Heat a small skillet over high heat. Add pine nuts and toss lightly until toasted. Pour onto quinoa. Add chopped ingredients. Stir to combine.

Combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Pour over quinoa and stir well. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Yields 6 servings.

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