California Quinoa Salad

I found this recipe on Pinterest and actually made it! I have so many recipes that I’ve pinned and never made. Thank goodness I did though, because it is incredible. Evidently it’s a Whole Foods salad knock-off, I’ve never had theirs though. This salad is so good that I am already looking forward to eating it for lunch tomorrow! Note to parents: my girls didn’t like the “Queen-Ah” all over their food, so I would set aside a plate of things they’ll like (mangoes, raisins, edamame, almonds) before you mix it all up.

Isn’t it beautiful? So many colors! Reminds me of my friend’s mom who used to tell her at dinnertime, “You don’t have enough colors on your plate!”

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California Quinoa Salad
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  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1-2 mangoes, diced
  • ½ large red onion, diced
  • 1 medium to large red pepper, diced
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1-2 cups shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup unsalted, dry-toasted* slivered almonds
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 cups frozen edamame, thawed
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly, then place in a medium pan.
  2. Add water and broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Turn heat to low and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Fluff with fork and spread on waxed paper.
  6. Spread frozen edamame on waxed paper on top of the quinoa to help them thaw out.
  7. Mix all ingredients in the largest bowl you have and enjoy!
  8. *toast almonds in a dry frying pan over medium heat until fragrant and warm, careful to move them around so they don't burn

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