Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Quinoa & Avocado Salad

I've been using avocados a lot lately because they just scream "summer" to me. So any excuse to use them I'll take it. Also I've been cooking with quinoa a lot because my mom is gluten intolerant. It is really tasty and has a good texture. If you haven't tried it yet then I highly recommend it.

One of my favorite quinoa dishes is a quinoa & avocado salad which I found the recipe for in Fine Cooking. It is really easy to make too. Just get organized before you start.

3 Tbs raisins(pref a mix of dark&golden but it really doesn't matter I've used both)
2 Tbs dried apricots, thinly sliced
1 cup red or white quinoa(I've only used white)
1 large lemon
3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 sweet paprika(I use regular paprika)
2 medium ripe avocados, cut into chunks
2 medium scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
2-3 Tbs chopped toasted almonds
ground pepper

In medium bowl, soak raisins and apricopts in hot water for 5 mins. Drain and set aside

In a 2-quart saucepan, bring 2 cups water, quinoa, and 1/2 tsp salt to boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer until water is absorbed and quinoa is translucent and tender(about 10-15 mins). Immediately fluff quinoa with a fork and let to cook to about room temp(you can turn it out onto a baking sheet for it to cool quicker).

Finely grate zest from lemon and squeese 1 Tbs juice. In small bowl whisk lemon juice, zest, olive oil, coriander, cumin, paprika, and 1/4 tsp salt. In large bowl, toss the vinaigrette with quinoa, raisins, apricots, avocado, scallions, and almonds. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

This is what it's supposed to look like, with the red quinoa.
Mine doesn't look quite as good but it tastes fabulous! I just need to learn to take pictures with a real camera besides my iPhone.

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Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Mmm. I bought some quinoa on Sunday...so you know what's on the menu next week! This salad! Do you have any ideas for subbing out the dried apricots?

birdie to be said...

Looks delish! I love quinoa & avo!

Danielle said...

i've never had quinoa before, but it sounds and looks yummy! i'll definitely have to try it out!

{The Perfect Palette} said...

thanks for the recipe. I'm starting to collect them!

xoxo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

A.Rose said...

I've always been nervous to try quinoa, but this recipe makes me really want to cook it!

Julie {love, julie} said...

yum!! i can't wait to try this!

natasha {schue love} said...

This sounds and looks SO good! Love quinoa!

Hollie Ann said...

I've never had quinoa!

Lonely Wife Project said...

There are few things I like more than quinoa and avacado! Must give this a try.

The.Red.See said...

This looks so good! I have been looking for more quinoa recipes.

Ruby Girl said...

yum! looks delish! <3 rubygirlblog.com

Alex said...

I made a delicious quinoa salad this past weekened! It had avocados, plus black beans, onions, tomatoes, and a homemade dressing. Delicious!

LaynahRose said...

nom nom nom!
must try.