Warm Quinoa Salad with Toasted Almonds

Recipe courtesy Good Housekeeping, 2012
Show: Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping Episode: Instant Energy
TOTAL TIME: 35 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 20 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 2 1/2 cups (plus 1 tablespoon) water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 1/4 cup sliced natural almonds, toasted
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Directions

In 12-inch skillet, toast quinoa on medium 5 minutes or until fragrant and golden, stirring frequently. Stir 2 1/2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt into toasted quinoa; heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 to 17 minutes or until all water is absorbed.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together soy sauce, rice vinegar, oil, ginger, green onions, and remaining 1 tablespoon water. Transfer quinoa to large serving bowl. Stir in soy sauce mixture until quinoa is evenly coated. Sprinkle with toasted almonds to serve.

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  • on July 19, 2013

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    I usually love Melissa's recipes but I'm afraid this one was not a winner at our house. We like quinoa and all the dressing ingredients but there just wasn't enough flavor. I even doubled the dressing ingredients when I realized there wasn't enough to cover this amount of quinoa but it didn't help. This was just kind of bland. What saved this was the crunch of the almonds and the tart of the scallions. I'm giving this 3 stars because, although not a great dish, it was easy to put together and healthy. *****EDITED TO ADD INFO***** I had leftovers of this which we ate cold for lunch today. Sitting in the fridge for a couple of days allowed the quinoa to absorb the dressing and improved the flavor a lot. I'm upping this to 4 stars when the dressing is doubled and the salad is allowed to sit in the fridge for a day or more.

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  • on May 11, 2013

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    A good healthy side dish, but not spectacular.

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