Pineapple Quinoa Salad

May 6, 2010

Pineapple Quinoa Salad

  • 1.5 cups quinoa
  • 1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen) cut into cubes
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 3 scallions
  • 1/3 cup almonds- slivers *optional


  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp raw almond mayo* (can sub with Greek yogurt, mayo, sour cream, etc.)
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro, minced

Step One: Combine 1.5 cup rinsed quinoa with 2.5-3 cups water in a pot and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Step Two: While quinoa is cooking, gather, cut, chop, slice, measure pour all remaining ingredients to a large bowl.

Step Three: Add cooked quinoa and mix.

Step Three: Taste and adjust season to your liking.

Step Four: Eat.

*Raw Almond Mayo

  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked for at least 3 hours
  • 1/2-3/4 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp lemon juiceย  (or 1.5 tbsp apple cider vinegar)
  • 6-8 medium dates, pits removed or 1/4 cup alternate sweetener (yacon, honey or agave)
  • cayenne pepper for spice
  • 1.5 cups flax, hemp or olive oil

Adapted from Elaina Love‘s recipe for Pine Nut Mayo. This recipe makes a lot so you’ll have leftovers to throw into a salad!

Today’s post is sweet and simple, yet satisfying. This salad is super versatile and can easily be adjusted to use different fruits and different spices. The original recipe (no idea where I got it) called for mangoes instead of pineapple. The mangoes are really really good in this.

I dare you to try this recipe out! And in fact, if you do, email me the results! Even better, send me your variation on it!

Question of the Day: What is the place you go to first for a new recipe? What about an old recipe or an idea for a recipe? My go-to-recipe-finder is definitely blogs that I read. Most of the time I’m reading other people’s blogs and they have posted a recipe that sounds absolutely amazing, yet easy, and I just have to make it. Other times I just Google what I’m looking for and wa-la!

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Melissa May 7, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Yum! quinoa and pineapple sound soo good! Thank you for sharing! I think I need to pick me up some pineapple:)
As for recipes..I have my blogroll as my main source of inspiration. I also go to places like vegweb or vegetarian times recipes. It’s overwhelming sometimes as there are just so many crazy good recipes out there!
.-= Melissa´s last blog ..21 Things! =-.


Katie May 6, 2010 at 7:39 PM

my brain is full of crazy ideas. but most are based off of blogs or things i’ve eaten at restaurants. I can google recipes with the best of them too!
.-= Katie´s last blog ..Banana Coffee Ice Cream =-.


Pure2raw twins May 6, 2010 at 4:26 PM

That quinoa salad looks heavenly! We get ideas for recipes from just talking about things we have already made and trying to make them different, we get ideas from cookbooks and of course blogs.
.-= Pure2raw twins´s last blog ..Winner of raw cookbook =-.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 6, 2010 at 4:04 PM

super looking recipe!

i mostly see things on blogs but honestly i just start fritttering around and see what happens. i have food intols so it’s not like i can go to alot of sites and just eat whatever they make.. i always need to tweak…alot ๐Ÿ™‚
.-= Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)´s last blog ..What I Buy At the Grocery Store, Hurtful Comments Follow-Up, Random Acts of Kindness, Grudges or Let It Go? =-.


Jessica@Healthy Exposures May 6, 2010 at 2:30 PM

This looks really great, Lori! I’ve done the pineapple-quinoa thing, but would love to give this colder version a go. Love these kinds of flavors.
I’m funny about trying recipes – I save tons on my computer, but when it comes time to making something, I’m more apt to grab a cookbook off the shelf! Something about flipping through pages of a cookbook (the organization, maybe?) is much more appealing to me ๐Ÿ™‚
.-= Jessica@Healthy Exposures´s last blog ..Picnics =-.


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