Simply Healthy Family: Grapefruit Quinoa Salad

2.3.10

Grapefruit Quinoa Salad



I love this recipe! I serve it as a side dish for grilled salmon or chicken. Make extra and have leftovers for a super healthy fresh summer salad! I got this recipe here.






Prep Time: 35 min. Cook Time: 15 min.


Ingredients:


1 medium grapefruit


8 thin slices fresh ginger


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


3/4 cup quinoa


1 1/2 cups water


1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning


1 tablespoon white wine vinegar


2 teaspoons honey


1 small serrano or jalapeno chile, minced (with seeds for maximum heat)


2 scallions (both white and green parts), minced


2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Freshly ground black pepper




Directions:



Strip the peel from the grapefruit with a vegetable peeler, taking care not to include the bitter white pith.


 Warm the grapefruit peel, ginger, and olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. As soon as the oil starts to bubble, after about 2 minutes, remove from heat.


Set the oil aside to steep for 30 minutes. Strain and reserve the oil.


Meanwhile, rinse the quinoa in a bowl and drain. Put the quinoa in a small saucepan with the water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Boil over high heat, and then reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes.


Set aside off the heat, undisturbed, for 5 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a bowl and fluff with a fork. Cool.


Segment the grapefruit over a bowl, reserving the segments and juice separately.


Whisk 3 tablespoons of the grapefruit juice with the vinegar, honey, and salt to taste in a medium bowl.


Gradually whisk in 3 tablespoons of the reserved grapefruit oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a stream to make a slightly thick dressing.


Season with pepper to taste.


Toss quinoa with the dressing, chiles, scallions, and cilantro.


 Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


Preheat a stovetop or outdoor grill to high heat.
Thread the salmon cubes onto the skewers. Brush with the remaining 1 tablespoon grapefruit oil, and season with salt and pepper. Grill the skewers, turning as each side browns but the salmon is still moist, about 3 minutes.


Toss the grapefruit segment into the salad, divide among 4 plates, and top with the salmon kebobs.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
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9 comments:

  1. this looks really yummy too! thanks for starting this blog and giving me yummy dinner ideas.

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  2. i'm going to make this today. do you think i could use agave instead of honey and how about ground ginger. i'm not a big fan a ginger, a little goes a long way for me and i find fresh ginger is even more potent so i prefer ground. anyway .... just wondering!

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  3. yes, you could use agave, let me know how it tastes! Honey is good for you though, do you not like it or not a fan of the calories? Yah, if you don't like ginger you could just leave it out, but there won't be a whole lot of flavor left in this particular dish. The ginger is only for flavoring the oil, it's not very potent in this dish. super good for you too, digestive system, immune system.
    let me know if you like it! are you trying salmon too! ;-)

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  4. i haven't mustered up the courage to try the seafood dishes. wimp.

    i bought all the ingredients today but i didn't read the directions beforehand. i was lazy and bought already cut up grapefruit thinking i was so smart then i got home and saw i need the peel. lol. i'll try again with the next visit to the store. it took me forever to find quinoa at our grocery store, they had one box left. next time i'll go to my local specialty store. always like a reason to visit there!

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  5. dangit! ;-) I prefer the term improvising instead of lazy... ;-)
    It is frusterating that good food isn't easily accesable. Buy in bulk if that's an option. This dish is yummy, but there are several different amazing recipes with quinoa!!!

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  6. are you supposed to put the whole peel in there? i don't get it.

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  7. No. The white part (inside) of the peel is bitter. It says in the directions to use a veggie peeler; to peel off a thin strip of the outer peel. Citrus peel has monoterpene, a master detoxifier that is really good for you. Steeping the peel realeases this into the water along with extra vitamins and of corse flavor. I suppose you could just grate the peel too.

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  8. No. The white part (inside) of the peel is bitter. It says in the directions to use a veggie peeler; to peel off a thin strip of the outer peel. Citrus peel has monoterpene, a master detoxifier that is really good for you. Steeping the peel realeases this into the water along with extra vitamins and of corse flavor. I suppose you could just grate the peel too.

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  9. are you supposed to put the whole peel in there? i don't get it.

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