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Try Something New Side: Quinoa Salad With Mangos & Walnuts

Try Something New Side: Quinoa Salad With Mangos & Walnuts

Quinoa is a super trendy grain right now, especially amongst the health conscious crew - you know which crew I'm talking about those hip natural foods folks who shop at farmer's markets and are buddies with the fish guy at Whole Foods. I don't consider myself a member, but every now and again I love a good salad full of distinctive flavors and fresh ingredients. This can be made for a picnic or barbeque, and pairs well alongside grilled meats and chicken. According to FitSugar it's a great source of protein as well. If you've never tried quinoa, you'll want to make this salad soon, so look at the recipe - just

Quinoa Salad with Mango and Walnuts
From eMax Health

1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp minced gingerroot
2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp each, salt and pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup quinoa
2 ripe mangoes, chopped
1 red pepper, sliced
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 chili pepper, finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint or parsley
1 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped

  1. Make dressing: in medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, lime juice, ginger, curry, salt, pepper and oil. Set aside.
  2. Make salad: add quinoa to a large saucepan of boiling salted water. Cook 10 minutes.
  3. Pour quinoa into a fine strainer, reserving cooking liquid. Return cooking liquid to pan and place quinoa, in strainer, over cooking liquid. Cover with lid or foil and continue to steam about 10 minutes more or until quinoa is tender. Let cool.
  4. In bowl, combine quinoa and dressing until well combined. Gently stir in mango, red pepper, green onion, chilies, mint and walnuts.

Serves 4.

NUTRIENTS PER SERVING: 12.7 g protein, 37.2 g fat, 57.1 g carbohydrates, 6.1 mg iron, 127 mg calcium, 770 mg sodium, 7.8 g fibre, 582 calories.

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crispet1 crispet1 9 years
This sounds really great!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
ew that looks kind of gross
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 9 years
Sounds yummy.
artsci artsci 9 years
Quinoa has three gram of fat per serving. It is very good and satisfying. The walnuts add 18.5 grams of fat per serving. I didn't look up nutritional info. for the rest of the recipe, but I'd halve the amount of nuts to lower the fat. I'd add more peppers and possibly some more veggies to increase the amount of servings in the recipe too. I agree that it's a must to rinse your quinoa before you use it. The first time I had it, I didn't rinse it enough, and it was quite bitter.
RedPointyHeels RedPointyHeels 9 years
Yum - great recipe, I love mixing fruit and nuts! Thanks!
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
Megg21 - the recipe itself has 37.2 grams of fat per serving.
saffy1227 saffy1227 9 years
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I'll have to check those out, Yum! Quinoa does have a relatively high fat content, but it is the heart healthy kind of fat! So, that's good...
Megg21 Megg21 9 years
^ wish what wasn't so high in fat? Quinoa? As far as I know it isn't....
krisua krisua 9 years
Looks... interesting...
llendril llendril 9 years
a possibly helpful tip: quinoa has a natural coating of saponin on it, which makes it a little bitter. even if the box says it's pre-rinsed, it's never a bad idea to put your quinoa in a sieve and rinse it yourself before cooking. it should taste much better that way.
Food Food 9 years
jen - i know what you mean, i'm still on the fence with quinoa. however wheat berries are also on my "trend-watch" right now, and I can really get behind those.
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
Sounds delicious, I love both quinoa and mangos. I only wish it weren't so high in fat.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
DesignRchic posted a similar recipe a little while ago, and it was really good! I used couscous, though. Trendy or not, I just can't get into quinoa.
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