Citrus Quinoa Salad

Suddenly everyone discovered quinoa… this recipe appeared in a Foodstuffs Hot Off the Griddle back in February 1995! It’s a delicous way to enjoy the high nutrition and pleasantly bitter taste of quinoa…


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup diced (unpeeled) cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced figs or dried apricots or raisins
  • 1/2 cup drained canned mandarin orange sections, halved
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds or toasted almonds
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander or parsley


  • 1 tsp grated lemon or lime rind
  • 3 tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp each ground cumin and coriander


  1. Rinse quinoa under cold running water; drain.
  2. In saucepan, bring 2 cups water to boil; stir in quinoa. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is transparent; drain and let cool.
  3. In salad bowl, combine quinoa, cuke, figs, orange, sunflower seeds, onions & coriander.
  4. Dressing: In small bowl, mix lemon rind and juice, sesame oil, sugar, cumin and coriander, pour over salad and toss to mix.

Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Makes 8 servings.

Posted on September 8, 2015 and filed under salads.