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Party Quinoa Salad & Quinoa Grilled Pepper Salad

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Party Quinoa Salad & Quinoa Grilled Pepper Salad

Party Quinoa Salad

Summer is a fun time for cold grain salads. This one is great for taking to a picnic or summer get-together. It’s colorful and tasty with a little crunch. Yogurt gives it a subtle creaminess and cranberries go great with the quinoa.

1 cup quinoa
1 ¾ cup water
¾ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup almonds, slivered & toasted
2 cups spinach leaves, chiffonade*
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup cucumbers cubed  and peeled
1-15oz.can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
¼ cup low fat yogurt
½ cup red onion, chopped
6 tablespoons  olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
½  teaspoon minced garlic

  • Rinse quinoa and place in pot with water. Heat on high in covered pot until boiling, then lower to a very low simmer (don’t stir while it cooks.) Cook until water evaporates, about 15-20 minutes. Let sit for another 15 minutes and then fluff with fork and bring to room temperature.
  • Mix all ingredients. Serve at room temperature or cold.

Serves: 4-6

Total cooking time: 35 minutes

*Chiffonade is a cooking technique in which herbs or leafy green vegetables (such as spinach and basil) are cut into long, thin strips. This is generally accomplished by stacking leaves, rolling them tightly, then cutting across the rolled leaves with a sharp knife, producing fine ribbons. (

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Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


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1:52AM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

Thank you :)

12:18PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you

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8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Looks delightful, but if one doesn't like the light coloured quinoa the red quinoa has more of a fully bodied flavour than does the light one. While I am not fond of the light quinoa the red does seem to taste much better.

9:55AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Quinoa is the best!

9:23PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012


11:50AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

looks good

9:18PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

YUM! i love quinoa. it surprises me how many people still haven't heard of it before.

9:20AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

I've never heard of this.

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