Red Quinoa Salad for a Potluck

I needed something to bring to the new neighbors’ open house and luckily I found my tomato plants had finally produced some delicious cherry tomatoes. I always have red onions on hand, and a bit of parsley growing, and I like to keep capers in my fridge door! A friend had given me a huge bunch of grapes from her home vineyard which she helped me de-stem. They are tiny, very sweet, and don’t have to be cut in half for the salad. I still had half a box of beautiful red quinoa (but regular could be used).


This salad has little bursts of sweetness from the grapes, a bit of juicy acidity from the tomatoes, lemon and vinegar, and onions, parsley, and capers add some flavor and punch. Think of it as an Andean tabbouleh….


1 c. red quinoa
2 c. water


Microwave quinoa and water in large glass heat-proof bowl for 6 minutes, let sit for 5 minutes, then microwave again for 2 minutes. Let sit, and check for doneness.  Repeat if necessary, or add hot water if necessary before cooking a bit longer. Should still have texture but not be too crunchy. The beautiful thread-like designs should be showing in the little quinoa grains, which will expand to 3 to 4 times their uncooked size.


Mix the following into the cooling quinoa:


Mince 3 cloves garlic
Mince 2-3 scallions
Dice 1/2 red onion
Rinse 2-3 tbsp capers
Tiny Thomson seedless grapes – destemmed
Fresh grown cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
Sliced radish, if available
Handful fresh Italian parsley, minced


Squeeze juice of a lemon, sprinkle red wine vinegar, and drizzle liberally with olive oil.
Salt generously with kosher salt, add fresh ground pepper


Mix all and let flavors meld.

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