Whole Foods Cold Quinoa Salad

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The story goes that Whole Foods has this great quinoa salad and someone reverse engineered it (ala the $250 Neiman Marcus Cookie recipe) Enjoy!


Megan has made this a bunch of times. It's fresh, light, Cambioti / Vitaliti friendly and darn good.

This recipe makes a TON of salad, plenty to last you for a few (or more) days. Perfect for busy people who enjoy quick and easy leftovers. All of these measurements were estimations, just throw in the ingredients to suit your tastes. I really don’t think you could mess this up!
California Quinoa Salad
2 cups mixed quinoa from Trader Joe’s – regular quinoa or red quinoa would work well here too
4 cups water (for cooking quinoa – I cooked mine in my rice cooker on the white rice setting)
1 package frozen mango from Trader Joe’s, thawed OR 2-3 diced fresh mangos
1/2 large red onion, diced
1 medium to large red pepper, diced
1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
1-2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
3/4 – 1 cup unsalted, dry-toasted slivered almonds
½ -1 cup raisins, dried cranberries, or the like
2-3 cups edamame
Juice of 4-5 limes
3 – 4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar.
1. Rinse quinoa well, cook as directed.
2. Fluff quinoa well when done, spread out and let cool.
3. Add all other ingredients and toss.
4. Enjoy cold!!

A few personal notes about quinoa recipe:
I use fresh mango, not frozen
This recipe makes A LOT, consider doing half
unsweetened coconut can be hard to find; whole foods should have it, maybe in bulk
I use frozen edamame
if you make it ahead of time, it tastes better with a bit of time to marinade