Friday, February 18, 2011

Cilantro Quinoa Salad

Been meaning to post this forever - got it from a magazine at a doctor's office.  Always a huge hit as something unique at a potluck!!  (actual picture is not this specific salad - but it would delicous with corn too!)


1 rd bell pepper - roasted ( cut in 1/2, remove seeds, skin side up BROIL for 12 min.  take out, ziplock bag for 10 min. peel off skin and chop)

1 c. uncooked quinoa
1 c. chicken broth
1/2 water
1/2 cup orange juice

1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro
1/4 c. EVOO
2 TBSP fresh parsley (have used dried - just a little less)
3 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp gr. red pepper (have used black)
2 large garlic cloves
12 olives

1 can chick peas and/or black beans

Put Quinoa, broth, water & OJ in a pan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover - simmer 12 min. or until liquid is absorbed. 

Put all remaining ingredients - EXCEPT roasted red pepper and beans - in food processor/blend and blend to a sauce. 

Combine cooked quinoa with sauce, chopped roasted red pepper and add drained and rinsed beans. 

I LOVE this recipe cause is FULL of flavor and super healthy.  You can't go wrong - substitute things you love if there are ingredients you don't love.  Eat it warm or cold - and is delicious for days as leftovers!!

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