Saturday, June 11, 2011

Another Summer Salad

Wegmans has done it again. Another Menu magazine, loaded with ideas, recipes, and new products to try, appeared in our mailbox a few weeks ago. The large section devoted to fresh summer salads is especially appealing. We've tried several and have an early favorite to share.

Quinoa has long been something of a mystery to me. Even its pronunciation posed a problem (the consensus seems to be keen-wah). This recipe for Red Quinoa-Avocado Salad contains many of our favorite summer ingredients and seemed a promising place to begin.

Red Quinoa-Avocado Salad


1 pkg (7 oz) Food You Feel Good About Red Quinoa, cooked per pkg directions, chilled
1 pkg (12 oz) Food You Feel Good About Frozen Super-Sweet Corn, thawed
1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup green onions, thinly sliced on the bias
2 plum tomatoes, 1/4-inch dice (about 1 cup)
2 avocados, peeled, pitted, cubed small
1/2 cup Food You Feel Good About Lemon Vinaigrette
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Add cooked quinoa, corn, cilantro, green onions, and tomatoes to mixing bowl. Fold in avocados and dressing; mix until well-combined. Season with salt and pepper; serve

Nutrition Info: Each serving (1 cup) contains 210 calories, 27 g carbohydrate, (4 g fiber), 5 g protein, 9 g fat, (1 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, and 240 mg sodium.
Calories: 210

It was delicious! The nutty flavor of the quinoa was an unexpected treat. Are you a quinoa fan?  How do you prepare it? Any ideas would be welcome.

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*cross-posted at Lakeside Musing


Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

I wish I had a Wegman's nearby, heard it's a great market. That salad looks delicious!

Peaceful Reader said...

I'm going to have to give this quinoa salad a try! I didn't find red in my area but will look harder next time. It looks yummy!

JoAnn said...

Carol - Thanks! Wegmans is the best.

Peaceful Reader - It was delicious. Can't wait to try more quinoa recipes!

Audrey said...

I miss Wegmans! When I lived in sleepy Delaware, I would drive for half an hour to one in Pennsylvania. I loved their apple cider raisin bread and just the experience of wandering through the store. They're opening a store in Massachusetts this year or next...I'm not sure where, but I'm sure I'll find an excuse to drive there (and bread freezess...)

Gnoe (@Graasland) said...

That salad looks really good! I've had my eye out for some red quinoa for some time now but to no avail (so far).