As a mom of 2 young children, I’m in the never ending quest to expose them to a variety of vegetables, fruits and healthy food. I’m no nutritionist or dietitian. I grew up eating seasonal foods and I was exposed from an early age to a myriad of fresh produce. There’s barely anything I don’t eat and I believe it has to do with the way I was raised. Simple homemade cooked meals, mostly consisting of some protein & seasonal vegetables and fruits. Therefore I often find myself putting together colorful ingredients to create new salads and meals. This red quinoa, orange salad was a hit with my family!Jump to Recipe
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Few years ago, you couldn’t find any red quinoa recipes online unless you searched for them in Spanish. As quinoa in general is becoming more popular because of its nutritional benefits, its use is becoming mainstream and not just something that chefs or bloggers use to make their recipes look better.
I normally use white quinoa to replace rice in recipes and red quinoa in salads. However, if I only have one type of quinoa at home I’ll use them interchangeably. Red quinoa takes an extra minute or two to cook. I prefer this type of quinoa in salads mostly because of its visual appeal. It looks beautiful against greens and other colorful vegetables.
Red Quinoa, Orange and Spring Mix Salad Recipe
This salad is simple to make but packs a lot of nutrients per portion. I love the flavor combination of red quinoa and oranges. Plus, having quinoa in a salad makes you feel full longer because of its high fiber content. Usually I serve this salad with a side of protein like roasted chicken.
I normally use a simple olive oil/vinegar dressing. I prefer simple salad dressings. However, if you prefer a more flavorful dressing, you can whip up a quick orange salad dressing that would be a perfect match for this salad.
Several notes about the recipe:
- I cooked about 1 cup of quinoa, but I don’t add all of it to the salad. I always have leftovers for the next day. You can decide how much quinoa you would like to have in your salad. I kind of eye-ball the quantity I add to my salad, it is usually half of what i cooked because usually i make another salad next day with the leftovers.
- If you are serving this salad as a side salad to a meal, then the below ingredients should provide about 6-8 portions. I usually serve it with a side of protein, so we tend to eat bigger portions of the salad that’s why I categorized it as 4 portions in the recipe card.
Red Quinoa, Orange and Spring Mix Salad
- 5 oz spring mix
- 2 oranges
- 1 small shallot
- 1 cup uncooked red quinoa
- 0.5 cups diced bell pepper mix (tricolor) My grocery store sells this fresh mix of 3 bell peppers, diced which is perfect for salads and cuts down on prep time.
- 5 tbsps olive oil
- 2 tbsps white balsamic vinegar
- salt to taste
- Rinse red quinoa then boil it in water for about 15 minutes. I usually cook in high for the first few minutes and then lower the temperature to medium for few more minutes and finally let it simmer towards the end as quinoa has mostly absorbed the water.
- Turn heat off, let quinoa cool for few minutes. If quinoa didn’t absorb all the water, then i pour it through the colander. Chill quinoa for about an hour.
- You can use a salad plate or bowl for this salad. I prefer the oval salad plate because it enhances the look of all the ingredients for a more appealing look.
- Add spring mix. Then a layer of quinoa. Peel and chop oranges in desired shapes. Add oranges on top of the quinoa.
- Chop onion and add to salad, cover everything with diced tricolor bell peppers.
- I like pouring olive oil & white balsamic vinegar to the mix before serving. I don’t toss this salad. I let everyone add salt to their plates as needed. Enjoy it:)
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Other Quinoa Recipes:
I like using quinoa in my recipes. Here are some of the quinoa recipes I have published so far and I have a lot more coming up:).
- Puffed Quinoa Breakfast
- Stuffed Pumpkin with Quinoa
- Quinoa Pasta
- Black Quinoa Pasta in Tarragon Chicken (not a quinoa recipe but it shows an alternative of how to serve the chicken)
I found this article on health benefits of quinoa very interesting. I knew about a lot of quinoa’s nutritious values but this really puts in perspective on why quinoa is a superfood.