Mango Quinoa Salad with Orange Cardamom Dressing

With summer coming to a close, I’m desperately clinging to all the seasonal fruit I can get my hands on.  Bar none, mango is my absolute favorite fruit.  I rarely cook or use it in a dish because I always end up eating it just as it is.  However, when I recently tried a mango salsa, I was motivated to start using it in dishes to give a vibrancy to capture the essence of summer.

I developed this recipe to satisfy my sweet tooth and also to add to my breakfast/brunch options.  Combining mango and mint with earthy quinoa, raisins and nuts offers different dimensions of flavor in a dish that packs a nutritional punch.  Adding the orange-honey-cardamom dressing is just the icing on the healthy cake.

Fruity Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/8 cup golden raisins, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 nuts (I used a mix of chopped almonds, pecans, cashews and walnuts)
  • 1 large mango, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom

Directions:

  • Cook the quinoa.  Heat a saucepan over medium heat.  Roast the quinoa for about 3 minutes in the hot saucepan, stirring occasionally.  Add water, stir and turn up heat to medium high and bring to a boil.  Turn down heat to simmer and cover with a lid.  Cover and cook for 15 minutes.  Turn off stove and remove from the heat for about 5 minutes.  Uncover and fluff with a fork.  Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • In a pan, melt butter and add raisins and nuts.  Stir to coat and cook until the raisins plump up a bit and the nuts a roasted, about 5 minutes.  Set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, add the quinoa, nut mixture, mango and mint.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the orange zest, orange juice, vanilla extract and cardamom.  Pour over salad until fully coated.
  • Let mixture sit for about 15 minutes before serving.
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2 Comments

Filed under Breakfast, Side Dish, Vegetarian

2 responses to “Mango Quinoa Salad with Orange Cardamom Dressing

  1. This salad looks wonderful! And orange cardamom dressing–pretty amazing! Now I’m speculating about how to use both of those components in a vinaigrette, and pouring it all over everything. 🙂

  2. what a brilliantly healthy but delicious breakfast! it looks so appetising!

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