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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Using our salad starter and a few of your own fresh ingredients allows you to get this healthy salad on the table in about half an hour. Equally good served warm or cold, it makes a perfect picnic dish.


  • 2 cups (16 fl. oz./500 ml) water
  • 1 package Hearty Salad Starters Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
      (includes quinoa and salad seasoning; available at Williams-
      Sonoma stores)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (5 oz./155 g) chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup (5 oz./155 g) chopped tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup (1 1/2 oz./45 g) chopped red onion
  • 2 cups (3 oz./90 g) chopped baby kale
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil


In a large fry pan over high heat, bring the water to a boil. (Using a fry pan instead of a saucepan will result in fluffier quinoa that is less likely to stick to itself.) Stir in the quinoa and 1/2 tsp. of the salt. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 5 to 10 minutes. Uncover and gently fold the salad seasoning into the quinoa while it is still hot. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes more.

In a salad bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, onion and kale. Add the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, the pepper, lemon juice and olive oil and toss to combine. Add the cooked quinoa and mix well. Serve warm or cold. Serves 4.

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