This salad is one of my faves, especially for a party. If you have heard of quinoa, you’ve probably heard it called a super grain. It is grain-like, but it is not an actual grain, it is a seed! Known for its high protein content and being gluten-free, it is a great choice for most everyone with a food restriction or allergy.
Red Pepper Corn & Basil Quinoa Salad
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbs. of grainy mustard
- 2 Tbs. Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar or other salad vinegar of choice
- A squeeze of orange
- 3 Tbs. fresh basil, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 cups quinoa, cooked according to directions
- 1 1/2 cups frozen, organic corn, sautéed
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped small
- 2 green onions, sliced
Cook 3 cups of quinoa according to directions. Set aside to cool. Combine olive oil, grainy mustard, vinegar, squeeze of fresh juice from an orange, garlic, 1 Tbs. basil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Whisk. Set aside. Sautee the frozen corn in a pan using a little olive oil + sea salt and cracked pepper until lightly browned on the outside. Chop the red pepper and green onions. Then, combine the quinoa, corn, red pepper and other 2 Tbs. of chopped basil and mix. Add the olive oil/vinegar dressing and toss. Refrigerate to cool and let the flavors infuse. Squeeze a splash more juice from the orange, and add a bit more sea salt & cracked pepper. Toss. Top with green onions and serve!
I use this organic quinoa and love it. It cooks perfectly every time. Cook it in 15 minutes on the stove or in a rice cooker (times will vary). You can find it in most natural grocery stores, Costco and Amazon.
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This looks delicious! I’ve always wanted to cook quinoa. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try it.
Thanks, Chrissy! Super easy and quinoa is so versatile!
Another new favorite of mine… excellent! I’ve been pairing this with so many things.
Awesome! Yes, I love this one. Just needs the right amount of sea salt to draw out those yummy flavors and it is a smash hit salad at parties (and at home.) 🙂 -Rama