Sunday, March 25, 2012

Minty Quinoa Papaya Salad

I guess by now you must have figured out that we are fans of quinoa salad. I just realized that this is my third post on this super ancient grain. My husband requests it often, finding quinoa with papaya not only healthy but also filling without feeling loaded down. Although the basic recipe seems to remain the same, I tweaked the salad with fresh mint, cranberries, and apples for a crispy crunch. As to not overpower all the delicate fresh flavours, I used orange flavoured vinaigrette, which we all know complements cranberries so well. It goes without saying, that once again the quinoa salad was a definite hit with my better half. The extra bonus is that any leftovers are great for a packed lunch the next day.  You might also like to check out my other quinoa salad recipes  by clicking

Quinoa Salad
1 1/2 cups  quinoa
1/2 papaya peeled and cut into large pieces (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 apple peeled and chopped
1/2 cup toasted pecans
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

Rinse the quinoa. Add the quinoa to 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low, cover and continue cooking for 15 minutes. The quinoa is cooked when the grains become translucent and the white germ is visible. May also be cooked in a rice cooker.

Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool before tossing in  the remaining ingredients.
Pour in the desired amount of prepared vinaigrette and toss.

1/2 cup light virgin oil
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
zest of a small orange
juice of 1 orange
1 teaspoon agave syrup or sugar
1 tablespoon honey mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a small bowl add the orange juice, orange zest,  agave syrup or honey, and salt. Whisk in the vinegar. Continue whisking while pouring in the olive oil in a steady stream.


  1. You make it sound so delicious Anna.

    Quinoa is a must try!

  2. Thanks,the quinoa salad is surprisingly delicious and a satisfying one dish meal.

  3. Me encanta la quinoa has preparado un plato muy saludable una delicia,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  4. Thanks Rosita, loved your pomegranate muffins on your site. What a great idea!

  5. Hi Anna, I was totally caught by surprise when I saw your name on Thoma's blog...and said to myself "that can't be Anna" the same Anna that disappeared from blogging months and months ago. I really though you abandoned your blog!
    So nice to see you back after such a long absence. I wanted to make sure I'm still following you, since Google has changed so much, and lost a lot of followers like a lot of bloggers have.

    I love your healthy, minty Quinoa Papaya salad; actually I've made this almost exactly the same way. We have home grown papaya trees growing in the back yard like "weeds"...papayas do so well in S. Florida.
    I am so happy to see you everything you've made since you came back. The "no knead" fresh tomato focaccia is AWESOME, which is next on my list to make!
    I hope that you follow me back as well...I think you have been wiped off the follow list (not by me)

  6. Hi Elizabeth, I'm glad to be back in touch with old friends. I will definitely be visiting your site. It will be my pleasure to reinstate myself as one of your followers.
    How lucky you are to have papaya trees growing in your backyard! That is one 'weed' I would not mind tending to as one papaya can cost around four dollars in out neck of the woods. Take care and have a lovely week-end.