Tuesday, May 8, 2012

California Quinoa Salad (Whole Foods copycat)


California Quinoa Salad
2 cups mixed quinoa from Trader Joe’s – regular quinoa or red quinoa would work well here too
4 cups water (for cooking quinoa – I cooked mine in my rice cooker on the white rice setting)
1 package frozen mango from Trader Joe’s, thawed OR 2-3 diced fresh mangos
1/2 large red onion, diced
1 medium to large red pepper, diced
1 small bunch cilantro, chopped 
1-2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
3/4 – 1 cup unsalted, dry-toasted slivered almonds
1-1 1/2 cups raisins (I use the golden raisins from Trader Joes)
2-3 cups frozen edamame, thawed
Juice of 4-5 limes
3 – 4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar (I used organic white balsamic vinegar)
Instructions:
1. Rinse quinoa well, cook as directed.
2. Fluff quinoa well when done, spread out and let cool.
3. Add all other ingredients and toss.
4. Enjoy cold!!

**This is the BEST salad!  I will probably make this weekly!  I bought all the ingredients at Trader joes.  It makes a ton so you can eat it all week!  I promise you won't be disappointed!

41 comments:

  1. I tried this from the deli at Whole Foods and LOVED LOVED LOVED it!! Thanks for the recipe. Even though the ingrediants were on the container it came in, the measurments were not. Thanks!!! Now if we can only get a Trader Joe's here in Orlando :(

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  3. So Glad you can make it yourself now Rosy! It makes a ton!! If you need to feed a large group, this is the salad to make!!

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  4. Thank you so much for posting this! I had this a while back and LOVED it!!

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    1. Glad you like it Kellie! It is one of my favorites too!

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  5. Since this makes so much, does it freeze well?

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  6. Hi Jennifer...I've never tried to freeze it before so I can't answer that question. You could just make a half portion.

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  7. I love Trader Joe's and this salad sounds delicious. Im definitely going to try this recipe out!

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    1. I buy a lot of my ingredients at Trader Joes...much cheaper than most markets and healthy tasty items! Hope you enjoyed the recipe!

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  8. how long will this keep in the refrigerator?

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  9. I've kept it for around 5 days. You can cut the recipe in half if you like. It makes a ton so only make the full amount if you have a lot of people eating it.

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  10. Hi there, quick question, would this be gluten free? It is way too much for my partner and I to have so I was going to give some to his mother but she has a gluten intolerance.

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    1. Hi Kim...I'm not sure if it's gluten free. I don't want to give you the wrong information. Just cut the recipe in half. I've done that before myself.

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    1. Yup, it's GF....I have a gluten intolerance as well and this if fine.

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    2. Thanks...I thought it was but wasn't sure.

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  12. Any idea how many servings this makes?

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  13. 2 cups of quinoa before cooking or after?

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  14. Looks great! I imported in to FoodCount for anyone interested in the calorie info: https://foodcount.com/recipe/california-quinoa-salad

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  15. Could this recipe be made without the coconut. Im not a huge fan of it

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    1. absolutely...just leave it out. I've had friends do that before :)

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  16. Just gave this a whirl - didn't have any raisins, so substituted them for some pomegranate - so yummy!

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    1. Glad you like it Sean! That's the nice thing about this recipe...you can make substitutions easily!

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  17. What could I substitute for mango?

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    1. You can just remove the mango if you don't like it. I've never substituted anything for it.

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  18. Is there a big difference between white balsamic vinegar and the brown kind? Can you use the brown kind for this recipe?

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    1. I think you can use regular balsamic vinegar but it will change the color of the salad. You can buy white balsamic at Trader Joe's or any grocery store. If you don't want to buy it, just use reg...you'll be fine

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  19. I just made this and it is delicious!

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  20. Delicious! We added a little salt to bring out the flavors. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Do you think shrimp or some other meat would be a good addition? I'm just thinking of a way to add additional protein and make it more of a meal. Thanks!

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    1. Kari, I've added the small size cooked shrimp to it for my husband and son and they really liked it. You could also use bay shrimp. I'm sure you could add shredded chicken as well but the shrimp was a hit! Enjoy!

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  22. Someone on here had another Quinoa Salad and they said to use 1 1/2 cups of water to a cup of Quinoa or in this case, to use 3 cups of water to 2 cups of Quinoa and that if you used a 1 to 2 ratio it would be too mushy. Any comment on this? It does sound good.

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    1. Mine wasn't mushy but you can make it according to your quinoa package directions. Sometimes I use a little less water and it turns out fine. You just don't want the quinoa crunchy..which can happen if there's not enough water.

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  23. Also, that's great you're trying to eliminate animal protein and dairy. That way, you're not contributing to the abuse of factory farm animals and are actually helping to save our planet, as cow manure creates a lot of greenhouse gases! I'd be a little concerned though about you doing triathlons, as I've read a lot about how marathons are bad for the body!

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    1. My exercise regimen is very healthy. I use a trainer and don't overtrain. I've done 3 ironman, multiple marathons, and ran the Boston marathon a year ago. It is way worse on the body to be sedentary and not live out your passion!

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  24. Also, that's great you're trying to eliminate animal protein and dairy. That way, you're not contributing to the abuse of factory farm animals and are actually helping to save our planet, as cow manure creates a lot of greenhouse gases! I'd be a little concerned though about you doing triathlons, as I've read a lot about how marathons are bad for the body!

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  25. Someone on here had another Quinoa Salad and they said to use 1 1/2 cups of water to a cup of Quinoa or in this case, to use 3 cups of water to 2 cups of Quinoa and that if you used a 1 to 2 ratio it would be too mushy. Any comment on this? It does sound good.

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