Asian Quinoa Salad

quinoa salad


Though it’s been oppressively hot and humid in NYC recently, we’ve still found opportunities to grill.  Well, Denis does the grilling.  πŸ™‚  I just do the prep!

Along with the requisite hamburgers and hotdogs, we often make our Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken — an old favorite.

focus-on-the-chicken

French Potato Salad is also always a crowd pleaser.

potato-saladLast week I came up with a new recipe to add to the summer barbecue line up:  Asian Quinoa Salad.

I bought this bag of red quinoa awhile ago at Trader Joe’s and wanted to make something with it.

quinoaAny quinoa would work though.  This salad is simple:  Just cook the quinoa in liquid (I like using homemade chicken stock for the rich flavor).  Then add seasonings.  Voila! You have a refreshing summer salad side dish!  This recipe could easily be doubled.

Stay cool and enjoy!

Asian Quinoa Salad

3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Kosher salt to taste

1 scallion, minced

1/4 to 1/3 cooked edamame

2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

1.  Place quinoa in stock in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer, covered for about 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is cooked (try tasting a bit).

2.  Whisk sesame oil and vinegar together.  Toss with quinoa and other ingredients.

Makes about 6 small side servings.

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5 Comments

Filed under chicken, Dinner, Grains, Sides

5 responses to “Asian Quinoa Salad

  1. So deliciously flavoured, I have never seen quinoa eating with these ingredients πŸ˜€
    Nice!

    Cheers
    CCU

    P.S I will not be commenting for around 4 weeks to prepare for my exams – see you in a month πŸ™‚

  2. Great Asian twist to quinoa πŸ™‚

  3. That looks so yummy! As does the chicken.

  4. Thanks- I’ve been trying to find more ways to use quinoa, it’s such a fabulous grain!

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