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QUINOA SALAD WITH LIME DRESSING

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Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is an ancient grain, native to the high Andes regions of South America, and now grown in North America. It’s designated a “supergrain” because of its super protein content and nutritional profile. When cooked, quinoa expands almost 5 times, to become very light and refreshing, ideal for dishes such as this colorful, easy-to-make salad.

Makes 4 cups

1-cup Quinoa 250 ml

1-1/2 cups Water 375 ml

1/2 cup Peeled, seeded and diced cucumber 125 ml 125 ml

1/2 cup Corn kernels (fresh, canned or frozen) 125 ml

1/4 cup Diced sweet red pepper 60 ml

2 tbsp. Finely chopped green onion 30 ml

4 tsp. Finely chopped cilantro 20 ml

 

Bring water to boil, add quinoa, cover, lower heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or .

until water is absorbed. Let cool. In bowl, combine quinoa, cucumber, corn, red pepper, green onion, and cilantro.

 

Lime Dressing

3 tbsp. lime juice 45 ml

3 tbsp. olive oil 45 ml

1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil 2 ml

1/2 tsp. salt (optional) 2 ml

Pinch pepper

 

In small bowl combine lime juice, olive oil, sesame oil, salt, if using and pepper.

Pour over quinoa mixture and toss gently with fork. Adjust seasoning.

Refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours before serving to let flavors blend.