Asian Mandarin Quinoa Bowl

By Friday, August 16, 2013
Yeah… it looks as good as it tastes.
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Forget quinoa fried rice. This is a lighter, healthier and more refreshing cold quinoa bowl. And, my friends, it’s faster to make. So this recipe is all-around just winning at life.
Personally, I love sesame oil. My cousin Denise got me on to it when she briefly lived with us in 2011. Now I crave it in all Asian dishes. You only need a few drops to add a whole world of flavour.
It’s no secret I’m addicted to pasta, rice, crackers, bread and every bad carb on the planet… but since quinoa is so healthy, I feel less guilty when I eat it with a giant serving spoon. If only it would stop being sooo delicious.
Asian Mandarin Quinoa Bowl

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup shelled frozen edamame
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 can mandarin oranges, drained and chopped
1 large carrot, grated
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Dressing:
2 tbsps orange juice
2 tbsps rice vinegar
2 tbsps sesame oil
1/2 tsp sambal oelek (Asian hot sauce)
1.5 tsps honey
2 tsps soy sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt & pepper, to taste

Directions

Cook quinoa in 2 cups of water and let cool. Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and set aside. Mix quinoa, edamame, red pepper, oranges, carrots, green onions, and almonds in a large bowl. Pour dressing over top and combine. Serve chilled.

Notes

Adapted from Once Upon a Cutting Board

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