Killer Quinoa Salad

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by zul, May 25, 2011.

  1. zul

    zul Newbie

    Ok, I realize this is extremely non-traditional for BBQ's and the fact that it contains no meat might draw a few dirty looks from some members here (could be easily modified to accomidate the carnivores in the group) but seriously, if you are looking for an amazingly refreshing and extremely delicious side that is easy to prepare and is a wicked accompaniment to some smoking hot bbq give this a go;

    Killer Quinoa Salad


    • 1 cup quinoa
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 1/2 cups red beans
    • 2 shallots
    • 1 red bell pepper
    • 1 carrot
    • 1 jalapeño pepper
    • 2 cups fresh corn, cut from cob
    • 3 tablespoons parsley
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • Juice of 2 limes
    • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
    1 - Rinse quinoa to remove bitter coating. Then cook quinoa in water for 15 minutes or until fluffy. Set aside.

    2 - Dice red onion, red bell pepper, and carrot. Seed and mince jalapeño pepper. Keep the seeds for a spicier salad. Chop parsley. Combine all the chopped vegetables in a large mixing bowl along with corn.

    3 - Add oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper to the vegetables and stir well to combine.

    4 - Toss quinoa with veggies, serve warm or chilled, and swoon.

    If you want to add meat, my suggestion would be some smoked/grilled chicken.

    Enjoy and let me know what you think.
    Last edited: May 25, 2011
  2. shooter1

    shooter1 Smoking Fanatic

    I think it sounds awesome and I will definitely try this. Nothing wrong with a healthy side and it looks delicious in the pic. Thanks Zul! 
    Last edited: May 25, 2011
  3. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    This sounds great! I make a real similar one with couscous, but quinoa would be even better. Thanks for sharing this!
  4. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

  5. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hey, this stuff is good for you!   I use Quinoa with a mix of other grains to make a good tasting breakfast cereal.  Gonna have to give it a try your way.

  6. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Zul: don't feel shy about posting stuff that is "healthy" for us.  There's more of us than them.  Now, if you take this one step further and cold smoke this salad for about 30 minutes with a gentle smoke of oh, I don't know, maybe .... well, sounds like an experiment coming up.  Thanks for the recipe.  Got any more suggestions for using Quinoa?
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks for the recipe. It sounds delicious. I copied & printed it out for future use. Thanks for sharing.
  8. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    LOL... sorry this post cracks me up.

    When I was growing up my mom was very "granola", and so were all her friends. When she was pregnant with my first sister a family friend offered to come over and help with cooking and what not for a while. One night she made a pot of quinoa as a side.... it was just quinoa cooked in water, thats it.... no seasoning of any kind at all!! Well lets just say that quinoa with no seasoning is similar to eating that glue paste we all used to eat as kids..... just less flavorfull than the glue paste.... lol. I remember both my step-dad and I tried to feed  it to the cat under the table, cat was having none if it. We tried to eat some just to be polite, but were uncessfull for the most part.

    To this day quinoa is a big laugh in our family, as a joke I got my step-dad a 2 lb. bag of it for Christmas last year.... as far as I know it has never been opened yet... lol. Still cracks me up that stores and foods that used to be cheap because they were "hippie" food, now get premium dollars because they are now "local organic" and "Whole Foods".
  9. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks it looks good
  10. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My Doc talked me into making the switch from rice to quinoa and from regular pasta to whole grain. So I'm adding this recipe to my to-do list.  One of my favorite quinoa side dishes is to cook the quinoa in a low sodium/low fat beef or chicken broth. While the quinoa is cooking, I'll saute some minced onion, green bell pepper and garlic in some EVOO. When the quinoa is done, I'll stir it into the sauted veggies and serve it along some grilled chicken or steak.  
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That looks tasty
  12. zul

    zul Newbie

    Funny you should mention this. I made this salad over the weekend and used a nice broth (mine was veggie) for the cooking liquor for the quinoa and I must say that I won't make it any other way again. The broth added so much flavor and was a real winner, enjoy.
  13. I love quinoa. [​IMG]Gonna have to try this one too.
  14. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks, On the to do list
  15. sam3

    sam3 Smoking Fanatic

    I'm gluten free now, Doctor's orders...

    This is a grreat recipe. Thanks for sharing!!
  16. That definitely sounds and looks delicious! I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing it

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