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Tropical Quinoa Salad

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  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 25 min
  • Servings 10
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Good for you, and tastes good too! Sweet dried fruits and coconut complement nutritious quinoa in this chilled side dish.

Ingredients

1
cup uncooked quinoa
2
cups water
1
bag (6 oz) dried pineapple, chopped (about 1 cup)
1
bag (5 oz) dried mango, chopped (about 1 cup)
1
bag (2 oz) chopped macadamia nuts (about 1/2 cup)
1/2
cup sweetened dried cranberries
2
tablespoons orange marmalade
1/4
cup orange juice
1/4
cup flaked coconut
10
leaves Bibb lettuce

Directions

  • 1 In 2-quart saucepan, heat quinoa and water to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover; cook 10 to 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix remaining ingredients except coconut and lettuce. Stir in quinoa. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until serving time.
  • 3 Sprinkle coconut in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium-low heat 6 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until light brown. Cool.
  • 4 To serve, spoon 1/2 cup salad onto each lettuce leaf; sprinkle with toasted coconut.

Expert Tips

Pronounced KEEN-wah, quinoa is an ancient grain high in protein and low in carbohydrates compared to other grains. Look for quinoa in the rice aisle rice of your grocery store.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
250
Calories from Fat
60
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
10%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
8%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
25mg
1%
Potassium
320mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
44g
15%
Dietary Fiber
3g
15%
Sugars
27g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 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 Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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