Toasted Quinoa Salad with Lemon and Herbs

5
Total Time
42 min
Prep
22 min
Cook
20 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
This light, refreshing salad is a perfect match for grilled or roasted poultry or fish. The longer it stands, the more the flavors blend.

Ingredients

olive oil

2 tsp, extra-virgin, divided

uncooked quinoa

10 oz

water

1¼ cup(s)

fresh lemon juice

¼ cup(s), about the juice of 2 lemons

lemon zest

2 tsp, about the zest of 1 lemon

fresh parsley

¼ cup(s), chopped

fresh watercress

¼ cup(s), chopped

fresh thyme

1 Tbsp, chopped

uncooked celery

2 rib(s), medium, diced

cucumber(s)

1 medium, diced

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Toast quinoa in oil until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add water; cover, reduce heat to low and let steam for 15 minutes.
  2. Place toasted, steamed quinoa in a large bowl and add remaining ingredients; mix well. Let mixture rest for 15 minutes to an hour to allow flavors to combine. Serve at room temperature. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

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