Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Quinoa Broccoli Salad with Mango, Red Onion, and Indian Vinaigrette

So you know how it happens, right? A friend invites you to their BBQ/Cookout that they are having at their house and you ask, "what can I bring?" Your friend replies, "oh, I don't know. Maybe some sort of side?" And then you're stuck, trying to think what you should bring. I mean, don't get me wrong - I love the old standby potato or macaroni salad, but sometimes, you want to bring something to really "wow" people. You want people to taste it and say "this is amazing! Can you bring this to my house too?"

But secretly, you want it to be an easy recipe. Something you can just throw together and can make ahead of time but will still deliver on some serious flavor. Well here you go! This recipe is delicious. And yes, I know I say that about most of my creations, but this is really really good. And easy. And you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you need it. And seriously - just describing it gets the tastebuds going.

You know we love quinoa, right? So we threw some cooked quinoa in the bowl and added some cooked broccoli to it. You can steam, boil, roast, bake, or grill it however you want. (We simply grilled ours with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper) Then you add some diced up mango, red onion, fresh cilantro, and then some olive oil and spices. That's it. It couldn't be easier, right?

But seriously, the flavor?? Amazing. The mango adds just a nice little pop of sweetness that is the perfect companion for the Indian flavors. This is definitely one of those salads that will be the star of any upcoming summer get-together!

Quinoa Broccoli Salad with Mango, Red Onion, and Indian Vinaigrette
Serves 4-6
1 cup quinoa
1 tbsp cumin seed
1 tbsp coriander seed
4 cups cooked broccoli
1 cup diced red onion
2 cups diced mango (this was about 2 whole mangos)
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tbsp garam masala
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
Add quinoa, cumin seed, and coriander seed to pot or rice cooker and cook as directed on the package instructions. Place in a large bowl and allow to cool for a few minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Allow to chill for an hour or so to give flavors a chance to get all friendly like. Serve and enjoy!!


Patrick said...

Having it for left overs today!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a tantalizing combination of tastes! Wish it was possible to stop over and enjoy this salad with you in your amazing back yard!

Anonymous said...

Tried this salad tonight and it was fantastic - thanks for posting. I've found a few really cool recipes on your site that I have made several times - super!

Fiber said...

Thanks for the feedback! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!