December 01, 2013 Sally Bjornsen


Quinoa has become my new, all-time favorite food.  Even my kiddos will eat quinoa if prepared properly.  Seattle cook, Amy Pennington has a nutritious Herbed Quinoa Salad With Charred Broccoli Rabe that is delicious and easy to prepare.  Make this on a Sunday and you are set for the week!

Herbed Quinoa Salad with Charred Broccoli Rabe (from

Recipe adapted from Amy Pennington,

  • Makes 4 servings
  • Start to Finish: 35 minutes


1 bunch broccoli rabe (about 1½ pounds)

10 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups water

1 cup quinoa

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon honey

Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons), plus more for seasoning

½ cup loosely packed fresh mixed herbs such as mint and cilantro, roughly chopped

½ large carrot, peeled, thinly sliced and cut into matchsticks

¼ cup almonds, toasted and roughly chopped

¼ cup golden raisins


1. Preheat the oven to 450˚. On a large baking sheet, toss the broccoli rabe with the garlic and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper, then spread the broccoli rabe in a single layer on the baking sheet. (If necessary, divide thebroccoli rabe between two baking sheets.) Roast, stirring once, for 20 minutes or until charred and tender. Remove the broccoli rabe from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.

2. Meanwhile, bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the quinoa and a generous pinch of salt. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the quinoa has absorbed all the water, about 12 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk the cumin with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, the honey and the lime juice until combined. Using a spatula, fold in the quinoa, herbs, carrots, almonds and raisins. Season with salt and additional lime juice, if desired.

4. Divide the salad among four plates and add a pile of the broccoli rabe to each. Serve immediately or at room temperature.




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