Quinoa with fresh peas and mint

4
4
1
Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
32 min
Prep
12 min
Cook
15 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
Quinoa is a delicious, hearty, versatile ingredient that can be used instead of rice or pasta and also makes for a tasty side for any entrée. Here, it's flavored with shallots, green peas, scallions, and fresh mint leaves, celebrating all of our favorite spring produce and herbs. Be sure that you don't skip the step of rinsing the quinoa, as it gets rid of its natural coating, which can taste a little bit bitter. To make this dish into an attractive and delicious dinner, you can spoon the quinoa onto plates and then top each serving with a grilled 3-ounce salmon fillet.

Ingredients

fat free reduced sodium vegetable broth

1¾ cup(s)

uncooked quinoa

1 cup(s), rinsed

uncooked shallot(s)

1 medium, minced

uncooked green peas

1 cup(s), shelled, or frozen and thawed

uncooked scallion(s)

2 medium, thinly sliced

fresh mint leaves

1 Tbsp, thinly sliced

extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp

balsamic vinegar

1 tsp

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

tsp, coarsely ground

Instructions

  1. Bring broth to boil in medium saucepan. Add quinoa and shallot; reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes, adding peas during last 3 minutes of cooking time. Transfer to large bowl.
  2. Add scallions, mint, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to quinoa mixture and toss gently to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  3. Per serving: 2/3 cup

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