Tuesday, February 9, 2016

red quinoa salad with mango, avocado and tomatoes

My taste buds did not know what to expect with this salad.  My friend Kris made it and served it at a luncheon I was invited to.  This salad was excellent.  It was mostly savory with the exception of the bites with mango which were so refreshing and sweet.  I've never cooked red quinoa before but now I have a reason to.

red quinoa salad with mango, avocado and tomatoes (my friend Kris)
 1 cup uncooked red quinoa
2 cups water
pinch of salt

1 large mango, diced
2 large tomatoes, diced
3 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 medium avocados, diced
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste

First, using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water.  Add quinoa, water and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Boil for 5 minutes.  Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed.  Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.  Let quinoa cool to room temperature.
In a large bowl, combine quinoa, mango, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro and avocados.  In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil and cumin.  Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and gently stir until well combined.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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