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Quinoa/Broccoli Salad

Updated on December 14, 2012

A salad featuring quinoa, almonds and grapes.

After buying and tasting a similar salad in a local deli, I decided that it should not be too hard to duplicate. I was right and here is the salad recipe I came up with. Believe me, it is very delicious and you won't have to beg your children to eat their broccoli.

The quinoa adds a nutty flavor and the almonds add crunch. The grapes meld well with the vinegar and olive oil dressing. All in all .. a very successful and tasty salad and you won't have any leftovers.

This salad would be a wonderful dish to take to a barbecue or a potluck dinner. I used it as a luncheon dish served with hot, homemade sourdough buns.

Cooking the quinoa and broccoli and making the salad dressing the day before makes this a quick and easy salad to make.

I took pictures .. wasn't that clever of me!

Whip up this easy-to-make balsamic vinaigrette. A basic staple dressing, anytime for the oil-and-vinegar lovers at your table. (My family like their's sweet so I have added sugar.)

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: 1 bowl salad

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp (8 mL) white sugar (or sweeten to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp (1mL) of salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine oil, vinegar, sugar and salt. Whisk until it thickens.
  2. Refigerate.
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The Salad Ingredients.

The Salad Ingredients.
The Salad Ingredients.

Quinoa/Broccoli Salad

Advance preparation makes this salad quick and easy to assemble. I did the following the day before I served this salad.

1. Make the Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing (Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days.)

2. Cut the florets off a large head of broccoli. Steam until tender crisp .. cool in refrigerator.

3. Cook quinoa according to recipe on the container .. cool in refrigerator. (I cook 1/2 c. quinoa to 1 cup water.) When you cook quinoa it is very similar to cooking rice.

  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: -50 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cold/cooked broccoli florets
  • 1 cup cold/cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds
  • 1 cup halved red grapes
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing

Instructions

  1. ~ Combine broccoli, quinoa, almonds and grapes in a large bowl.
  2. ~ Dress with Balsamic Vinaigrette to suit your taste.
  3. ~ Toss to mix ingredients.
  4. * Serve in a bowl worthy of this divine salad.

Best Quinoa/Broccoli Salad

Best Quinoa/Broccoli Salad
Best Quinoa/Broccoli Salad

One serving

of this crunchy salad has 150 per cent of a day's requirement of vitamin C.

Salad Bowls worthy of this salad.

I think there is something wonderful about being served a delectable salad in a beautiful bowl. Sometimes the simplest fare is enhanced by the dish in which it is served.

Here are a few bowls that I think would do any salad credit.

A take-along salad bowl. - For a picnic or a potluck dinner.

How many times I have worried that a certain food I had packed for travel would spill before we arrived at our destination. I think that this would be a very handy bowl to have. No more messy spills.

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      Laraine Sims 3 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @paulahite: Thank you Paula. It's one way I found to help my family get their greens.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Great idea! I shared it on our G+ page today!

      https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/10673155513900942970...

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @kristalulabelle: 'tis that, alright!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @WriterJanis2: Healthy and appetizing also. :)

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Let me know what you think.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @JJNW: Thank you so very much for visiting this lens and for the angel blessing!

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Sounds both delicious and healthy!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Such a healthy idea.

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      I love broccoli in salads and this is another version that I will have to try!

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      JJNW 4 years ago from USA

      Oh yum, yum! ***Blessed by a SquidAngel***

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you for writing.

      If you like broccoli .. you'll love this recipe. I have since tried it with raw broccoli instead of cooked. I like it even better that way.

      As they say to Mikey. "Try it you'll like it!"

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love broccoli anyway its fixed. Thank you for the delicious looking recipe. I have broccoli nearly every day. :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @RuralFloridaLiving: Thank you for stopping by... Appreciate the visit.

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      Your recipe looks great.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @charles frazer: I'm coming to see your recipe. Cheers!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Looks absolutely delicious! Always looking for new quinoa recipes and this one looks wonderful.

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      charles frazer 5 years ago

      The lens I wrote recipe for chicken has a very nice recipe on it. aimed at lowering ones Blood Pressure. It's http://www.squidoo.com/recipes-for-chicken