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Asian-flavored quinoa salad

6
6
3
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
36 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
16 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
This colorful, healthy salad is made with sugar snap peas, carrots, cabbage, and red peppers that are flavored with rice-wine vinegar, orange marmalade, and sesame oil. Including quinoa helps make this salad into a more filling meal. Quinoa is a good source of protein and makes a wonderful substitute for rice in salads. Buy the prerinsed variety to save time. Just be sure to check the box of quinoa you bought to see if it has been "prerinsed." If not, you're going to have to rinse the quinoa in a colander before cooking to remove its bitter outer coating. Also, feel free to use prepackaged coleslaw mix or shredded vegetables to speed the preparation of this dish.

Ingredients

Canned chicken broth

1½ cup(s), or water

Uncooked quinoa

¾ cup(s), *

Rice wine vinegar

1 Tbsp

Orange marmalade

2 Tbsp

Dark sesame oil

2 tsp

Ginger root

1 Tbsp, fresh, minced

Kosher salt

1 tsp

Uncooked sugar snap peas

1 cup(s), trimmed and halved

Shredded carrot(s)

1 cup(s)

Shredded red cabbage

1 cup(s)

Sweet red pepper(s)

1 small, thinly sliced

Cilantro

3 Tbsp, fresh, chopped

Uncooked scallion(s)

2 Tbsp, thinly sliced

Sesame seeds

1 Tbsp, toasted

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine broth and quinoa; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, to make dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, marmalade, oil, ginger and salt; set aside.
  3. After quinoa has cooked for 10 minutes, toss in snap peas to partially steam them; cover and simmer until most of liquid has been absorbed, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in carrots, cabbage, peppers and dressing; mix to thoroughly combine. Garnish with cilantro, scallions and sesame seeds. Serve warm, room temperature or chilled. Yields about 1 heaping cup per serving.