There is an awesome quinoa salad with lentils at Costco that you can get for $10. It is absolutely delicious and worth every penny but it always has sand in it due to the fact that they don’t wash the parsley enough. *shakes fist*
In an attempt to right this wrong I am trying to replicate the recipe at home where I can insure the parsley is sans dirt. The recipe below is very good but is missing something I can’t quite put my finger on. I might have to go on a mission to Costco soon so I can memorize the ingredient label on the quinoa salad container.
1 cup red quinoa
2 cups water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
4 small or 1 large cucumber, cubed
4 green onions, chopped
1 large bunch parsley, chopped
1 lemon, juiced
2 tbsp olive oil
S & P to taste
Bring water to boil in a pot. Add the quinoa, oil and salt. Stir gently and reduce heat to low. Cook at a low heat, uncovered for 20-25 min. Once the quinoa is as tender as you like, drain well and set aside. Combine the cooked quinoa and all other ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well and refrigerate.