Mandarin Quinoa Salad

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I was so lucky to grow up just minutes away from the most charming, intimate organic and natural foods coop.  Even though it is a ways away from where I live now, I still love to drive back to buy groceries there to continue to support such a great business.  Not only is the produce the best, the brands ethical and the staff welcoming, but it is also the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat in the cafe area or to take with you from the deli.

One of my favorite salads there for years has been this asian-inspired quinoa salad with hints of citrus, mint and nuttiness.  The other day, I finally attempted to recreate it… and I did it for only a fraction of the cost!

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I love this salad because it is light tasting, nutritious and slightly out of the ordinary routine for me.  It refrigerates really well, so make a double batch and eat it a couple of days in a row for lunch!

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What will you need?

1/2 cup quinoa (before cooking)

1 cup water (for cooking the quinoa)

1/2 can mandarin oranges + a splash of the syrup that the oranges come in

3 green onions, finely chopped

3 mint leaves, finely chopped

1/4 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1 tsp soy sauce or tamari

1 tsp fresh orange zest

Optional: Sesame seeds

How do you make it?

In a medium saucepan, simmer 1 cup water with 1/2 cup quinoa until all of the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is nice and fluffy.  Remove from the heat and place in a large bowl.

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Add in the rest of your toppings – the  mandarin oranges, a bit of syrup, orange zest, sesame oil, peanuts, green onions, chopped mint… allllll of the things.

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Stir it around to mix the ingredients and break up the oranges a bit.  Eat right away or pack it up to enjoy later!

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  1. Can’t wait to try this!

  2. Ronit Penso says:

    Looks great, but wouldn’t it be even better if you’d use the fresh orange segments instead of the canned mandarins? Just a thought… :-)

  3. nathalie says:

    Quinoa should always be washed /rinsed before cooking to get rid of the coating that is hard on the stomach…otherwise your recipe is great!!!!!

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