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November 22, 2021

Citrus Quinoa Salad

Citrus Quinoa Salad

Ok, so am I the only one that had no idea quinoa existed and then all of the sudden became obsessed with it? No, just me? Well regardless if you're new to quinoa or you've been loving it for years now, citrus quinoa salad recipe is one of my favorites. It's fresh, citrusy and with just the right amount of sweetness.

Ingredients for the best citrus quinoa

I have to admit, when I first started eating quinoa I ate it because I knew it was nutritious but not necessarily because I loved the taste. Quinoa can have a bitter taste but with the citrus and honey adding in this recipe, you get the perfect quinoa salad.

Not only is making this citrus quinoa salad super easy but the ingredients are pretty simple AND it's a short ingredient list. Here's your grocery list:

  • Quinoa
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Olive oil
  • Mint
  • Honey
  • Salt

Tips for making citrus quinoa

  • Cutting the citrus into wedges: By no means is this hard but it might as well be the "hardest" part of this recipe! We recommend you zest the citrus whole and then you cut it into segments. For that, you'll want to cut the top and bottom then almost peel it. Peeling it with a knife is best so you can get that white rind. Once you've done that, cut it between those citrus lines to create wedges and put them all in a bowl and set aside. You'll mix these with the quinoa so that when you eat it, you get those great bursts of citrus.nWhat's left from where you've cut the wedges, juice that then throw it away.
  • Serve chilled: We absolutely love serving the quinoa chilled for the best taste! The citrus flavor will really pop when it's chilled and after all, we're going for a quinoa salad here.
  • When to add the mint: Don't add in the mint until the quinoa has been chilled because this will prevent the mint from wilting. No one want a wilted herb in their salad
  • Season to taste: There's great flavor added into the quinoa with the citrus, mint and honey but always taste afterwards! It might need a bit more salt as it chills.

if you don't already, you'll end up loving quinoa. If you needed any more convincing, it makes such a great side to have in your fridge and great for meal prep.

Cheers and eat well!

Citrus Quinoa Salad

This citrus quinoa is our all time go to side for any dish! Pair it with chicken, salmon or veggies. You can't go wrong! The lemon, lime and orange are balanced out with a hint of honey.

Author:

Alejandra Diaz del Valle

Prep:

20

min

cook:

20

min

total:

40

min

serves:

8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 oranges (zest, juice and cut in segments)
  • 2 lemons (zest, juice, and cut in segments)
  • 2 limes (zest, juice, and cut in segments)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup mint (picked and chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a heavy bottomed pot, gently toast the quinoa with just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan for 2-3 minutes on a medium-low heat, stirring constantly. You just want to toast lightly and bring out an almost nutty aroma.
  2. When the quinoa is properly toasted, add the water and bring the quinoa to a very low simmer. Continue to cook the quinoa for about 15 minutes until the quinoa is tender and no longer crunchy.
  3. When the quinoa is finished cooking, put a lid on the pot and let it sit covered, for about 10 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, zest the lemons, limes and oranges. After that, you'll want to cut the citrus in segments. For this, cut both the top and bottom of the citrus, cut the entire rind (including the white). Then, cut in between the citrus lines to create wedges. Squeeze the juice from the remaining citrus into the bowl with the segments and set aside. Throw out the remaining citrus after juicing.
  5. Pick and gently chop the mint and put it into another container and set aside.
  6. After the 10 minutes are done, add the citrus, the olive oil, the honey, and salt to the quinoa and mix gently. Once combined, refrigerate to room temperature.
  7. After the quinoa has chilled, add the mint and mix together.
  8. Season to taste and serve chilled.

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