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Quinoa Salad with Pineapple Salmon – YUM!

on March 24, 2012

Someone recently asked me, “quinoa sounds great, but where do I find it in the store?  I looked everywhere!”  Unfortunately, not all stores are on-the-ball when it comes to carrying this super grain.  But more and more, I’m seeing it in major chains across the country, so hopefully you won’t have too much difficulty.  It’s usually located near the rice, cous cous, pasta, and other grains (super, or otherwise).

One of my family’s favorite ways to eat quinoa is in this adapted version of a delicious recipe from Shape Magazine’s July 2011 issue.  It’s easy, flavorful, and blends several delicious flavors into each bite.

Smoky Pineapple Salmon With Quinoa Salad

 (serves 6)

For the salmon:

1/2 C fresh orange juice

1 T extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

3 T pineapple juice

1 1/2 lbs salmon fillet

3 1/2-inch thick pineapple rings

For the quinoa salad:

1 C quinoa

2 1/2 C water

3 T dried currants (or cranberries)

1 tsp dried cinnamon

1 T smoked paprika

1 tsp sea salt

2 C diced cucumber

1. In a small bowl, combine orange juice, olive oil, paprika, and pineapple juice.  Place in a plastic bag with salmon and let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature.

2. Rince and drain quinoa.  Place in a large saucepan with water, currants (or cranberries), cinnamon, paprika, and salt.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes.

3. Place quinoa in a bowl and fold in cucumbers.  Set aside.

4. While quinoa is cooking, heat grill to medium-high.  Place salmon skin-side down on a piece of foil and grill for 10 minutes for each inch of thickness.  Slice into 6 portions.

5. To serve, divide salmon among six plates and top with a piece of salmon with pineapple.

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