Green Goddess Quinoa Salad – Recipe
It could easily be a light lunch meal in itself, or as an accompaniment to the main course.
Today I will share a recipe for the salad since you already have the recipe for the sauce/dressing from my previous post.
It is very simple to prepare, since the quinoa and the sauce may be prepared ahead of time and kept refrigerated until ready to mix together just before serving.
I suggest under-cook, rather than overcooking the quinoa, so it does not get mushy and clumpy once mixed with the sauce and the other ingredients.
This recipe yields 6-8 servings.
I used the mixed grain quinoa (that is what I had on hand), but you can use the regular one which does not have the darker color grain. They both taste the same, just look different.
Serving suggestion…this is what mine looked like. Please note how loose the quinoa grains are. Other recipes suggest using the instant pot to cook the quinoa for 1 minute, but I cooked mine on the stovetop, so if you follow my cooking direction in this recipe, yours will turn out the same way…:-)
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 1/3 cup water
- 1 chicken bouillon
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 10 oz. fresh mini mozzarella balls, halved
- 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, cut in half lengthwise
- 1/2 cup Green Sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare the quinoa for cooking, by rinsing it under running water until the water runs clear.
- In a medium saucepan add 1 1/3 cups cold water, 1 bouillon cube and rinsed quinoa.
- Cover and bring to boil.
- Turn the heat to simmer, and cook it covered for 2 minutes,
- Uncover, mix, with a spoon few times from bottom up, set aside, and let it stand until totally cooled.
- Transfer 2 cups of cooked quinoa into a large bowl to get it ready to mix with other ingredients, or cover it and store it in the fridge for later use.
- Add tomatoes, spinach leaves and mozzarella balls. Mix gently to incorporate all ingredients evenly.
- Fold in Green Sauce.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
- Serve immediately
The leftover salad still holds up well for at least 2 more days, but after that it begins to accumulate a little bit of liquid at the bottom of the bowl.