Black Quinoa Salad

May 31, 2011

Quinoa salad

'The Gold of the Incas' ~ Quinoa... wonder grains from South America. I will not elaborate further on this wonder grain.

These tiny grains contains so many 'properties' that are beneficial to our 'well being'~ it helps eases migraine headaches good for me, cardiovascular and many more.

I wanted to try Quinoa ... but held back as I wasn't sure whether I would like the taste and texture of Quinoa... since it is categorised under 'Health Food' ~ the price was a lot dearer than any grains or legumes.

To buy or not to buy? is always the question... 

Black quinoa salad

Finally... my golden opportunity came...
It was nearly lunch time... and the lunch crowd was growing by the minute... no hope of us getting any seats anywhere in the Food Court ... so we decided to grab some lunch at David Jones instead. 
My lucky star must be shining so bright on that day... DJ's Salad Bar had Black Quinoa Salad... I had to have that salad!!! 

I was blown away by the taste and the texture, that I had to write down all the ingredients that I could 'see and taste' on my serviette can't always rely on the rusty CPU up in my head anymore, you know. 

Its like... South America meet Asia... crunchy nutty bits of Quinoa with a hint of ground cumin and fresh coriander... beautiful ... beautiful... beautiful salad.
And YES I would whip this again ...and again... and again ...

My (improvise) version of  Black Quinoa Salad...

Healthy Black Quinoa Salad.

and one more thing worth mentioning ~ the salad tasted even better the next day!!!

Black Quinoa salad Recipe 
1 cup black Quinoa
1 tablespoon cumin
1 small red capsicum
1 small yellow capsicum
1 carrot
1 small zucchini
1 handful of almond
1 handful of raisins
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup of chopped coriander
  1. Rinse and wash thoroughly black Quinoa. Add the washed quinoa into a pot filled with water. Boil for 15-20 minutes. Wash under cold water and strain. Put aside
  2. Roast cumin in a frypan (dry roast) until fragrant. Then ground the cumin.
  3. Cut the carrots, zucchini, capsicums into matchstick size.
  4. Roughly chopped almond
  5. Mix everything in a mixing bowl.
  6. Season to taste.


  1. I love quionoa too! This salad looks so healthy, colourful, and inviting!

  2. I never had quinoa before but I'm so tempted too! Looks lovely

  3. Agree, your quinoa salad looks beautiful. I like this simple, healthy recipe, thanks!

  4. I smell something cooking and it smells good, lots of yummy recipes in here, will visit again next time. Btw, thnks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment on my blog.


  5. Angie,
    Love at first chomp for me ;)

  6. TasteHongKong
    awww...thank you for your encouragement :)

  7. Queen of Desert
    No worries and do visit me whenever you can... Love to hear from you again... Thanks :)

  8. I've tried to like quinoa before and the best I could get it finding it just okay. But I've yet to try black quinoa and this salad looks so yummy, it may be time for a 2nd (more like 5th) chance =)

  9. I have never seen or heard of black quinoa.Looks amazing with colorful veggies!

  10. Xiaolu
    Hahaha... No 5 seems like your lucky number ;)
    The spices used.. will make a lot of difference..

  11. A splendid salad! So colorful and healthy.