Quinoa & Cucumber Salad


Our second quinoa recipe! I based this recipe on a really delicious creation my mom used to make with tabouli - it has basically all the same ingredients she used, with the exception of the quinoa and I think the onions. It is nice and light - and especially good served over some toasted tortilla slices. For those, we just cut a large tortilla into four pieces and baked them at 350F for about 5 minutes, or until golden. You can tell quinoa is done when it becomes translucent and you can see little tails breaking apart from the grain. I read somewhere that it's important to rinse them well or it can alter the taste of your dish. To cool it more quickly, I spread it out on a large plastic plate and stuck it in the fridge while I was making the rest of the recipe. This recipe can easily be made vegetarian by omitting the chicken. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
  • 3 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup cilantro

Directions

  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly. Cook according to directions on box (until water is absorbed, typically 10-15 minutes).
  2. Remove from heat and drain well. Set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk lime juice, pepper, salt, and olive oil together in a small bowl.
  4. Combine chicken, cucumber, tomato, onions, feta, and cilantro in a large bowl. Add cooled quinoa and toss to mix. Add lime juice mixture and toss to coat.

18 comments:

Heather said...

i still have yet to try quinoa. i really need to! it sounds so refreshing with the cucs!

Juliana said...

I love quinoa, since I found out about it, I always look for recipes...the one that you feature looks terrific...great for the hot days that should be arriving soon. By the way, thank you so much for visiting my site.

Melissa said...

Mom's always have the best recipes! This sounds really yummy!

Sara said...

This sounds delicious! I love tabouli, so I'm sure I'd like this. The tortilla crisps are a nice touch.

Elra said...

This is such a delicious salad jessi. I love the combination of quinoa and cucumber in there.

Kerstin said...

Yum, it looks so flavorful! I love the feta in it!

Grace said...

this would make an incredible light lunch. and now that you've planted the idea in my head, the very thought of eating a quinoa-ed tabouli makes me giddy!

Olga said...

Great combo! I make something similar with orzo or cous cous, but quinoa is a good idea.

lisaiscooking said...

I love quinoa, and this sounds great with the cucumber and feta!

Stacey said...

That looks amazing... and perfect for summer too!

Esi said...

I absolutely love quinoa salads! So easy and so fresh. This looks wonderful.

girlichef said...

Delicious blog...and delicious salad! It looks so refreshing. I have a package of quinoa waiting to be used. And I have cucumber...hmmm.

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Culinary Wannabe said...

Who knew quinoa could look so good! :) So have you guys set a date yet? Please keep us updated with all things wedding!

Rose said...

MMm I love quinoa! It's such a fantastic grain. I ate a TON of it in Peru and since then have been playing with it a lot :)

bucatar maniac said...

Excelent salad! I love every little detail of it!

Kevin said...

Quinoa works really well in salads like this.

Lexie said...

I think I have tried quinoa...if not, I know I would love it! The crispy tortillas on the bottom sound so good!

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