Quinoa and Corn Salad

Try quinoa for a change of pace from rice. Paired with Green Giant® frozen corn and a lime vinaigrette, it's a tasty side dish that serves 12.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 35 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

Salad

1/2
cup uncooked quinoa
1
cup water
3/4
cup Green Giant™ Steamers™ Niblets® frozen corn (from 12-oz bag)
1
cucumber, peeled, if desired
2
stalks celery, sliced (3/4 cup)
1/2
medium red bell pepper, chopped
1/2
cup thinly sliced red onion

Dressing

2
tablespoons white wine vinegar
2
tablespoons fresh lime juice
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/4
cup olive oil
2
tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Rinse quinoa in cold water; drain in fine-mesh strainer. In 1-quart saucepan, heat quinoa and 1 cup water to boiling. Reduce heat. Cover; simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Cool slightly. Meanwhile, cook corn as directed on package; cool.
  • 2 Cut cucumber in half lengthwise; remove seeds and cut into 1 1/2x1/4-inch strips. In large salad bowl, stir cucumber, celery, bell pepper, onion, cooked quinoa and corn.
  • 3 In small bowl, beat vinegar, lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper with whisk until blended. Beat in oil. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Expert Tips

When fresh corn is in season, grill or roast it instead of using frozen corn, for an added boost of flavor.

A lime will yield the maximum amount of juice if allowed to come to room temperature first. Roll the lime firmly on the counter, then cut in half and juice. Typically a lime will yield about 1 to 2 tablespoons of juice. For this recipe, choose a large lime so it will yield the amount of juice needed.

Quinoa is a very old grain, first used by the Incas. It is very popular today because it is a good source of protein.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (1/2 Cup)
Calories
80
(
Calories from Fat
45),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
5%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
55mg
55%;
Total Carbohydrate
8g
8%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.