Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Beets & Pomegranate

Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Beets & Pomegranate

Roasted beets and sweet dates, tangy oranges and juicy pomegranate seeds make this quinoa salad recipe festive. It pairs beautifully with turkey or roast pork.

From EatingWell: November/December 2012
Yield: 8 servings, 1 1/4 cups each
Active Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 1/2 hours

Ingredients

  1. 3 medium beets (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  2. 2 cups vegetable broth
  3. 1 1/2 cups water
  4. 2 cups red quinoa (see Tips)
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 3 medium oranges
  7. 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  10. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  11. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley, divided
  12. 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
  13. 1 whole pomegranate, seeded (see Tips)

Preparation

  1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F.
  2. Trim the root end of the beets and remove any greens (reserving for another use); rinse and pat dry. Wrap individually in foil. Roast until tender, 1 to 1 1/4 hours, depending on size. (Alternatively, place beets in a microwave-safe dish, add 1/4 cup water, cover loosely and microwave on High until the beets are tender, about 10 minutes, depending on size.)
  3. Meanwhile, bring broth, water, quinoa and salt to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a large serving bowl.
  4. Zest and juice 1 orange. Place the juice in a medium bowl. Working over another bowl, cut the remaining 2 oranges into segments (see Tips) and set aside. Measure the juice from the first orange—if it isn’t quite 1/3 cup, squeeze the juice from the membranes until you get 1/3 cup. Add the zest, vinegar (or lemon juice), salt and pepper to the juice; gradually whisk in oil in a thin stream until well combined. Stir in 1/4 cup parsley.
  5. When cool enough to handle, peel and dice the roasted beets. Add to the quinoa along with dates and gently combine. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to coat. Serve garnished with the reserved orange segments, pomegranate seeds and the remaining 2 tablespoons parsley.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 305 calories; 8 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 51 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 8 g fiber; 449 mg sodium; 625 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (59% daily value), Magnesium (28% dv), Potassium (18% dv), Iron (16% dv)

3 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 1 fat