Lime-Cilantro Quinoa Salad

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Adapted from Joy of Cooking, this Lime-Cilantro Quinoa Salad is the perfect addition to your summer meal plan. Everyone seems to love it every time I bring it to a potluck or BBQ, so it's a very versatile and well-loved dish. It's loaded with dried fruit, pine nuts, and bell peppers for tons of flavor.
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Quinoa from 100 Days of Real Food

I used to think quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) was a rather strange ingredient. And I vowed to never post recipes on this blog that call for strange ingredients. But it seems as though quinoa is becoming more commonplace, and I am certain some of you have a bag of it sitting in your pantry and don’t know what to do with it. I admittedly let our first bag of quinoa just chill for about six months before I worked up enough courage to try something so unusual and different. It’s funny how new ingredients can do that to us.

Long story short quinoa is very similar to couscous. You can eat it plain or add all sorts of seasonings and other fresh flavors to it. And we happen to think this recipe below is a real crowd pleaser. It can be eaten as a side with your lunch or dinner or brought along as the perfect addition to a potluck gathering. We also brought this salad camping the other weekend, and it would work great at an outdoor cookout as well. Trust me – you can’t go wrong so just make it, and I promise it will be gone in no time!

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  1. Laurie Carlson

    5 stars
    I just made this. Yummo! I used the recipe as is, except I didn’t have cilantro. I used parsley from the garden! I am trying to let it cool in the refrigerator and not eat it all up!

  2. Can you make this the night before and it still be good the next night? (Wanting to make for a get together