Thai Style Black Quinoa Salad

Thai Style Black Quinoa Salad

Normally when I go to pick up quinoa they only have the white and red varieties but I recently came across black quinoa which I immediately picked up and I have been just itching to use it ever since. After thinking about it for a while I decided that the black quinoa would go well in a bright Thai inspired salad where it would nicely offset all of the colours. Sweet and juicy yellow mangoes seemed like a great place to start with the colours in the salad quickly followed by some red bell peppers and then some green onions, fresh mint and cilantro. One of the things that I like about Asian and Thai cuisines is that they often balance the sweet, salty, tart and spicy aspects of a dish with wonderful results so I tried to do that here making the dressing with salty fish sauce, sweet sugar, tart lime juice and spicy sriracha along whit a birds eye chili for heat. I finished the salad off with some chopped peanuts and some toasted coconut flakes.

Thai Style Black Quinoa Salad

Thai Style Black Quinoa Salad

Thai Style Black Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 4

A colourful Thai style black quinoa salad with the perfect blend of salty, sweet, spicy and tart.

  • 1 cup black quinoa, rinsed well
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 mango, stoned, scooped and diced
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint, chopped
  • 1 birds eye chili, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce for vegetarian
  • 2 teaspoons palm or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha or to taste
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes, toasted
  1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
  3. Mix the quinoa, red pepper, yellow mango, green onions, cilantro, mint and chili in a large bowl.
  4. Mix the fish sauce, sugar, sriracha, lime juice and zest in a small bowl.
  5. Toss the salad in the dressing and serve topped with the peanuts and coconut flakes.


Rachel said...

Wow! That looks delicious! I recently discovered quinoa and I love it!

Have a great day!

Steve @ the black peppercorn said...

This looks quite appealing. I have never seen black quinoa. Did you get it at a regular grocery store here in the city or a specialty place? Love the large chunks of mango in it. Seems like we were both in a salad mood today as I posted a salad as well. :)

kankana said...

I love Thai flavor and incorporating that with the healthy quinoa sounds lovely.

Anonymous said...

Hi this sounds really amazing! I found your blog searching for green curry paste which looks excellent and mine is getting there! I wanted to mention that I've made a similar dish with quinoa but I added coconut milk to it while cooking and that made it very rich and creamy and quite delicious. I thought it may go well with your recipe here too!! Cheers!

Raymund said...

Nice combination of colours and flavours

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A splendid salad! Colorful too.



Joanne said...

I don't think I've ever seen black quinoa before either, but what a great salad you've made with it! I'd throw in some chickpeas and call this a meal.

almostveg said...

this is a great idea for the mango sitting on my counter top.. looks bright and delicious

Cathleen said...

This looks absolutely wonderful! I have yet to try Quinoa, but I've got to say, I don't know how I have gone so long without trying it!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

Hi Kevin! Thanks for the tip - I haven't even heard of black quinoa! Now I will look out for it.

I tried black rice last week and it was delish!

Love your recipe

Food Junkie said...

I had some cooked quinoa sitting in the fridge and was looking for something to do with it other than tabbouleh. I had to substitute a few items to use up what was in the fridge but it turned out quite nice. Thanks for the idea.

Gotyourholidayon said...

I love anything with Mango. I'm gonna try this next weekend.

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Cooking the quinoa in coconut milk would be nice!

Kevin said...

Steve: I got it from the small shop in the basement of the Saint Lawrence Market but it was in a brand that I see at other grocery stores.

yifamily said...

Loved it! So yummy. I'm going o try cooking it in coconut milk next time. Great tip. Definitely going to make tis again... & often too!

yifamily said...

Loved it! So yummy. I'm going o try cooking it in coconut milk next time. Great tip. Definitely going to make tis again... & often too!

Joy de vivre said...

Hi! Just want to alert you to a page on facebook that has copied and pasted this picture (and many of others too). This page is claiming that they are coming up with a cookbook with recipes to the pictures on their page. Most of these have been lifted from various websites. The page goes by the following name "Culinaria Fusion- Culinary Consciousness Cookbook'

Kevin said...

Joy de vivre: Thanks for the warning!

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