I see a lot of quinoa-tropical-fruit-cilantro recipes floating around, and I love to eat all of them. But this week when I wanted a light quinoa meal, I didn’t have any cilantro. Instead all I had was this beautiful bunch of parsley. Cilantro and parsley are very different flavors, but I didn’t see why I couldn’t make a delicious quinoa salad with parsley. And now, post deliciousness, I am able to provide you with another great recipe for summer eating that is healthy, simple, tasty, and colorful! I love the juxtaposition of sweet mango with tangy (some might think spicy) chili powder, and the parsley just brings a bright freshness to the dish.
For those of you who have never had quinoa, it is the most amazing grain (err psuedocereal, same difference)! It is a complete protein source, having a full set of the essential amino acids, and very high in protein for a grain. It also is a good source of fiber and many other essential vitamins and minerals. I used red quinoa instead of the more common white quinoa, mainly for the color, though red quinoa is also a bit chewier.
The mango is really the highlight of this dish, with its beautiful vibrant yellow-orange color and flavorful sweetness. If you have questions on how to cut a mango, I will refer you to this post on VeganYumYum. Though that is not my favorite way to slice a mango for dicing, it will work well, and it certainly is my favorite method for eating them fresh!
Quinoa Mango Salad
2-4 servings as a side
1/2 cup red quinoa
3/4 cup water
1 mango diced
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
juice of 1/2 lemon, about 2 tbsp
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1. Cook the quinoa: bring to quinoa and water to a boil, then turn heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes until all the water is absorbed, or per package instructions. Note: the ratios for white quinoa are different (1:2 quinoa:water)
2. In a large bowl, mix together the cooked quinoa, diced mango, parsley, lemon juice, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
3. Eat warm or chilled!
Note: This dish is even better the next day!