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Quinoa and Pistachio Salad With Moroccan Pesto

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“From Cooking Light July, 2009. I have been looking to include more quinoa in our diet since it is low calorie and very filling and this recipe turned out to be easy and a hit with everyone in my family. It is delicious! Here is what Cooking Light says about it: Quinoa is a quick-cooking whole grain supplying protein, iron, and vitamin E. Pair this side dish with simple grilled chicken or fish. For a vegetarian entree option, use organic vegetable broth and add one can of rinsed, drained chickpeas to ramp up the protein even more.”
6 3/4 cup servings

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 12 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand for 10 minutes. Peel and chop.
  3. Place quinoa, brothy, 1/2 cup water, and juice in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes or unitl liquid is absorbed.
  4. Place cilantro and next 7 ingredients (through garlic) in a food processor (mine fit into my mini processor); process until smooth. Combine bell pepper, quinoa mixture, cilantro mixture, and olives in a large bowl. Sprinle with nuts.

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