Quinoa Mandarin Salad
This is my family’s new favorite salad!  I have made it a couple times a week for the past few weeks and I’m still not sick of it.  I’m so happy to have found a new family favorite that is healthy.  The dressing is light, tangy, and fat free and makes this whole salad just amazing.  
Servings Prep Time
4People 15Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20Minutes 30-60Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4People 15Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20Minutes 30-60Minutes
Cooking Quinoa
  1. Drain the mandarin oranges, reserving the liquid. Add enough water to the reserved mandarin orange liquid to make it 2 full cups.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and orange/water liquid mixture. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low; cover and simmer about 15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let it cool completely with the lid off.
Cooking Snow Pea Pods
  1. While quinoa is cooking steam the pea pods in a couple of Tablespoons of water for about 5 minutes to desired crispness. Drain water off and set aside.
Prepare Dressing
  1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a container with a lid, shake well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cool Quinoa
  1. Once the quinoa has cooled for at least 15 minutes place it in the refrigerator and cool for another 30-45 minutes until light and fluffy.
Serving the Salad
  1. Place the lettuce on 4 plates, pour a small amount of dressing over the salad to gently coat. Spoon quinoa over the lettuce, sprinkle with desired amount of pea pods, orange slices, green onions and toasted seeds or almonds.  Add more dressing if desired.  ENJOY!
Recipe Notes

PLEASE NOTE: this is a make ahead salad that takes only about 30 minutes to make but should be cooled for 30 minutes to an hour so the quinoa is not sticky.