Toasted Quinoa and Avocado Salad

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Me and my friend  and chef Dafna Mizrahi accidentally charred some quinoa today and decided it tasted better than heaven!  Well, low and behold I think we’ve created a memorable salad that will make you a hands down STAR.  If you don’t like quinoa you can substitute Cous Cous.



Toasted Quinoa & Avocado Salad

Toasted Quinoa & Avocado Salad

Toasted Quinoa and Avocado Salad



2 cups toasted quinoa (see instruction )

1 ripe avocado diced

¼ cup diced red onion

¼ cup pine nuts

¼ cup olive oil

¼ apple cider vinegar

½ lemon juiced and seeded

½ tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste



Cook quinoa per instructions on packaging.  Heat oven to 500 degrees. Place cooked quinoa on parchment lined cookie sheet and spread evenly.  Place on center rack of oven and bake approximately 10 minutes or until dark and crispy. Remove and place in large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients, toss together and serve with your favorite protein or veggies.  I like it with my roasted Brussels sprouts.

*If you don’t like quinoa you can substitute Cous Cous


  • February 1, 2014 - 3:36 pm | Permalink

    OH EM GEE……

    Brussels Sprouts, Avocado, and pine nuts…..must try quinoa…Maybe this is the recipe to get me to try it….

    Thanks for sharing Cooper!

  • Judy
    February 1, 2014 - 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Well Coop and Dafna…some more unusual combinations…would never have thought of….but it sounds Deeeelicious, for sure…even whey you make a mistake, Cooper….you turn it into something really good….:) :) :)

  • Shawna "bad kitty" Bellefeuille
    February 1, 2014 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

    I will be trying this tonight but I may add just a lil bacon

  • Betty Ann aka BA
    February 1, 2014 - 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE that you created something awesome from something that didn’t exactly cook just right (charred quinoa!) sounds delightful…will give it a shot very soon!

  • February 2, 2014 - 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I really can’t wait to make this and try it. It looks amazing and healthy! Thanks!

  • February 3, 2014 - 11:05 am | Permalink

    Very nice article, exactly what I wanted to find.

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