Quinoa Salad

Birdz of a Feather
by Birdz of a Feather
4 servings
30 min

This quinoa salad recipe is a great substitute for couscous when you have to eat gluten free. But I actually don’t miss the pasta, especially when you consider how healthy quinoa is!

Rinse it well and cook according to package directions.

Meanwhile you can prep the other ingredients. Dice either whole tomatoes or cherry tomatoes are a great option too.

When I chop the shallots, I let it mingle with the oil until it’s ready to be mixed into the quinoa salad.

Once the quinoa has cooled, toss it into a bowl with the other ingredients.

When we don’t have fresh parsley, we find it handy to keep these frozen ones in the freezer. Let two of them them thaw and add them to the salad.

A sprinkle of crumbled goat cheese on top rounds out the flavours!

I usually try to get a better picture, but when you’re hungry you know how it goes!

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Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 2 large tomatoes or equivalent cherry tomatoes
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley or 2 frozen cubes
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts optional
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Rinse quinoa and cook according to package directions. Typically you would bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add the quinoa, turn down the heat and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes. If there is any water left, drain in a fine mesh sieve. Let it cool.
Dice tomatoes and mince shallot. Add shallot into the oil while you prepare other ingredients.
Chop parsley or defrost 2 cubes.
Transfer cooled quinoa to a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, shallot/oil mix, lemon juice, allspice and salt and pepper. Combine and mix in the parsley. Top off with pine nuts, goat cheese - or both!
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  • Sandra kohn Sandra kohn on Jun 08, 2021

    Do you have an alternative suggestion for the allspice as my family doesn’t like it at all.

    • Birdz of a Feather Birdz of a Feather on Jun 08, 2021

      If you like pizza, maybe think about adding dried oregano or fresh basil instead. I was thinking about trying the oregano but I'd probably only use a quarter teaspoon to one teaspoon and see how it is (you can always add more, but can't take away). For fresh basil, try a teaspoon. Alternatively you could probably get away with leaving it out altogether.