Golden Quinoa Salad
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Golden Quinoa Salad
Golden Quinoa Salad
1/3 cup lowfat or nonfat plain yogurt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
2 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. each: salt and pepper
1 cup quinoa
1-1/3 cups water
2 ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into bite-size strips
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 chili pepper (such as jalapeņo or serrano), stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
1 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint

Prep: 20 minutes, Cook/Stand: 17 minutes, Chill: at least 30 minutes
Serves: 4 main or 8 side

1. To prepare dressing, whisk together all dressing ingredients in a medium bowl; cover and chill until ready to serve.

2. To prepare salad, rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer; drain well. Bring water to a boil and stir in quinoa; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and chill for at least 30 minutes.

3. Stir dressing into quinoa, then lightly stir in remaining salad ingredients.

Wine Suggestion
Sauvignon Blanc or dry Riesling Beer Pairing: Downtown Brown The nutty flavors of this brown ale from Humboldt pair perfectly with the walnuts and quinoa, a very nutty-tasting grain.
Nutritional Information:
(320 g): 620 calories, 10 g protein, 35 g total fat (4 g sat., 0 g trans), 46 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 19 g sugar, 0 mg cholesterol, 320 mg sodium, 12 points