Quinoa arugula salad

I had a version of this colorful salad at my friend Kim’s house recently. The recipe she used had chickpeas, red pepper and artichoke hearts; when I made it I used sweet grape tomatoes and feta. I think if you have quinoa, arugula and a good dressing, any extras are icing on the cake.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 7 ounces arugula (rocket)
  • 1 pound grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta, or more to taste
  • Balsamic vinaigrette (2/3-3/4 cup, or to taste)
  • Dash of cayenne pepper or few drops sriracha
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. If you have time, soak quinoa in cold water for 15 minutes to 2-4 hours. Rinse quinoa in a mesh colander for a two or three minutes under running water.
  2. Place drained quinoa in medium saucepan with 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to boil and turn to a very low simmer. Cook 15 minutes, until water is absorbed. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for five minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add a shake of salt and pepper to taste, stir and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Wash and dry arugula. Cut tomatoes in half.
  4. Add cayenne pepper or sriracha to vinaigrette, to taste. Even a wee bit of kick is nice here.
  5. Toss quinoa with tomatoes. Add arugula and vinaigrette; toss. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with crumbled feta and mix in if desired.

Makes four large or eight small servings.

Notes

  • Excellent additions: onions, shallots, scallions, red pepper, cucumber, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, capers, olives, avocado.
  • Fresh lemon (1-2, depending on size) and extra-virgin olive oil would also make a great dressing for this salad.

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Jerilyn 17 November 2013 at 9:53 am

Sounds like a good recipe …will try it

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Elee 30 November 2013 at 8:31 pm

Made it again today for lunch. Yum

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Tania 4 January 2014 at 9:13 pm

Made this tonight and its amazing! Kids and hubby love it! thanks so much for the recipe!!!

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cg 7 January 2014 at 2:42 pm

hi tania – very glad you found a winner for your family! always a good thing. =) thanks so much for sharing back.

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