Spicy Quinoa, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad

Ready in 40 minutes

This refreshing summer salad can sit in the refrigerator for a few hours without deteriorating, so it makes a great choice for bringing to work or to a summer picnic.

"I added the cilantro and jalapeño during the cooking. I topped with white crumbling cheese and sliced grilled chicken so it had a pollo bowl feel-- very good. Without the cheese, I feel like it was a bit lacking. But very fresh and light. Omitted corn and avocado.also omitted sherry altogether (perhaps this is why I don't feel it was soggy at all. I also used a rice cooker which makes life easier. "

- jenniferharkins

Top-ranked recipe named "Spicy Quinoa, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad"

4.1 avg, 14 review(s) 71% would make again

Ingredients

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1 cup quinoa
3 cups water; (vegetable or chicken stock, optional)
salt to taste
2 cups cucumber; diced
1 green onion; finely minced
2 cups tomatoes; finely diced
1 to 2 jalapeño or serrano peppers (to taste); seeded, if desired, and finely chopped
1/2 cup cilantro; chopped; plus several sprigs for garnish
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 avocado; sliced, for garnish

Original recipe makes 6 Servings

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Preparation

1. Place the quinoa in a bowl, and cover with cold water. Let sit for five minutes. Drain through a strainer, and rinse until the water runs clear. Bring the 3 cups water (or stock) to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add salt (1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon) and the quinoa. Bring back to a boil, and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and translucent; each grain should have a little thread. Drain off the water in the pan through a strainer, and return the quinoa to the pan. Cover the pan with a clean dishtowel, replace the lid and allow to sit for 10 minutes. If making for the freezer, uncover and allow to cool, then place in plastic bags. Flatten the bags and seal.

2. Meanwhile, place the finely diced cucumber in a colander, and sprinkle with salt. Toss and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Rinse the cucumber with cold water, and drain on paper towels. If using the green onion, place in a bowl and cover with cold water. Let sit for five minutes, then drain, rinse with cold water and drain on paper towels.

3. Combine the tomatoes, chilis, cilantro, vinegar, lime juice and olive oil in a bowl. Add the cucumber and onion, season to taste with salt, and add the quinoa and cilantro. Toss together, and taste and adjust seasonings. Serve garnished with sliced avocado and cilantro sprigs.

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I seeded the cucumber and tomatoes and added a red and green peppers chopped. Also, finely chopped red onion (soak in ice bath for 15 minutes before chopping). Amazing!!! I would double the vinegar, oil, and lime juice next time.
Nymimosa1 1 month ago
I added the cilantro and jalapeño during the cooking. I topped with white crumbling cheese and sliced grilled chicken so it had a pollo bowl feel-- very good. Without the cheese, I feel like it was a bit lacking. But very fresh and light. Omitted corn and avocado.also omitted sherry altogether (perhaps this is why I don't feel it was soggy at all. I also used a rice cooker which makes life easier.
jenniferharkins 3 months ago
girico 7 months ago
kdevour 8 months ago
Tasty, but the quinoa makes it somewhat wet and soggy.
pnoosha 12 months ago
I always like experimenting with quinoa recipes. This is a keeper.
cjmonte 1 year ago
Taste good but i dont know if i did it the rught way.....lol
gwenniex33 1 year ago
nj273 1 year ago
Made it without the hot peppers. Great salad.
Joey_954 1 year ago
Very good and easy to make!
skooggl 1 year ago
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