This is a unique and tasty high-protein quinoa salad. Quinoa is a grain that has almost no flavour, but the spices add zest. It's well worth trying, I make it often since discovering quinoa.
You can try using different types of dried fruit and nuts if desired.
Wow, yummy! This is the best dish I have made yet with quinoa. I reduced the quinoa to 1 c. (in 2 c. chicken stock instead of water), used balsamic vinegar instead of white, 1 c. dried cranberries instead of raisins, tobasco instead of cayenne, and added about 1/2 tsp garlic powder. I also toasted the pecans before adding them. This was fabulous - definitely a keeper. - 01 Jun 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I love the prominent flavor the sesame oil gives to this salad. The second flavor that comes to the palate is lemon. With the crunch of the celery, nuts, and sweetness of the fruit it makes a wonderful blend of flavors and textures. I did use craisins that I chopped, and I toasted the pecans. I had the leftovers for lunch and added grilled chicken strips and fresh blueberries. Fabulous salad that is very versatile. I will make this often. Thank you for sharing! - 08 Jul 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
The recipe is very good and so versatile. - 20 Jul 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)