Cold Red Quinoa Salad with Lime and Mint

As a gluten-free girl, I’ve tried many a grain. Quinoa is one of them.

Quinoa originated in South America. The Incas held it to be sacred and called it mother of all grains. Actually, quinoa isn’t related to the grass family and is not a true cereal or grain. It’s related to species like beets, spinach, and tumbleweed. The stuff we eat is the seeds.

Quinoa and I have a strange relationship. I love that I can order it at Moroccan and Middle Eastern restaurants instead of couscous. But for some reason, white quinoa and I do not normally get along. Taste-wise. I don’t know what it is, but I just like the red stuff better. Maybe one of these days I’ll give white quinoa another chance, but for now…


1 cup red quinoa (dried)

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 limes, juiced

2-3 fresh mint sprigs, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

a handful of grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered

2 tablespoons red onion, diced

1 clove garlic, pressed


1. Rinse quinoa carefully

2. Cook quinoa like rice (1 cup quinoa to 2-2 1/2 cups water), covered, until all the water is absorbed

3. Mix the rest of the ingredients with the cooked quinoa

4. Cover and chill (the longer the better)

5. Serve cold

If you have leftovers, you can chill it again and eat it the next day (deliciously cold), or you can warm it up as a side dish to go with dinner. Quinoa is very versatile, I must say.


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Categories: Salad, Side dish


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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