Toasted Quinoa and Citrus Salad

 by Chef Melvin

Servings: Servings

Prep Time: 13 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes


1 cup quinoa

2 cups water


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoon Fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

1/4 teaspoon Black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste


1/2 cup black berries

1/2 cup of fresh peeled oranges quarters

1/2 cup of fresh diced strawberries

1 each small caramelized shallots

1 cup Chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup Chopped fresh mint

1 each diced avocado





2 kiwifruit, peeled and cut into 8 wedges

2 cups (1 1/2-inch) cubes honeydew

2 cups (1 1/2-inch) cubes cantaloupe

¼ of a medium papaya, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 tablespoons mint

1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh orange peel

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

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1 teaspoon fresh lime juice


1. Toast quinoa in a large dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until it becomes aromatic and begins to crackle and brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer to medium saucepan and add water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower heat and simmer, covered, until all the water has been absorbed, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.

2. While quinoa is cooking, clean and prepare all of your fruit. And mince your shallots

3. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Fluff quinoa with a fork and set aside lightly dress the quinoa with this not to much though just enough to keep from sticking.

4. with all ingredients for your dressing place in blender and liquefy then place in a container

5. Take all ingredients and place in a bowl and dress to your liking