POPSUGAR Celebrity

Apr 14 2015 - 3:15pm

A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Quinoa Salad

How to Make a Really Good Quinoa Salad


  1. Kosher salt
  2. 2 cups quinoa
  3. 3 tablespoons minced shallot
  4. 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  5. 4 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 2 cups diced or thinly sliced fruit
  7. 1/2 pound crumbly cheese, crumbled
  8. 1/4 cup toasted nuts, chopped
  9. 1/2 cup herbs, roughly chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, add the quinoa to a fine-mesh strainer, and rinse thoroughly under cool water. Add the quinoa to the boiling water, and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the quinoa is just barely al dente. Strain it using a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Add an inch of water to the quinoa pot, set the fine-mesh strainer (with the cooked quinoa still in it) inside the pot; make sure the quinoa doesn't touch the water. Cover with a dish towel and the pot's lid, turn the heat up to high, and steam for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and no longer waterlogged. Turn the quinoa out into a large mixing bowl, and fluff it up with a fork.
  3. Whisk together the minced shallot, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  4. Drizzle the dressing over the warm quinoa; add the fruit, cheese, nuts, and herbs; toss to combine. Season to taste with salt.
  5. Serve at room temperature.

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