Artichoke, Mint and Cilantro Quinoa Salad

Another quinoa salad!  Obviously, I can’t get enough.  It’s just that they’re so easy, and perfect for lunch.  Walking through Trader Joe’s one day, I saw that they had a bag of frozen artichokes, and I’ve been wanting to use them- this salad was perfect for it.

Artichoke, Mint and Cilantro Quinoa Salad
Adapted from: Easy Everyday: Simple Recipes

1 cup cooked quinoa
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 marinated artichoke hearts*
3 green onions, chopped
1 15-oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup grape seed oil (can use olive oil)
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
juice of 1 lemon
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped

Cook quinoa according to box directions.  Then put the quinoa in a bowl, add the tomatoes, artichoke hearts, green onions and chickpeas.

In a separate bowl make the dressing.  Mix the oil, vinegar and lemon juice and beat with a fork.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add the dressing to the quinoa mixture.  Then top with herbs, and toss.

* You can used the one’s from the can, drained and halved.

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4 responses to “Artichoke, Mint and Cilantro Quinoa Salad

  1. One cup quinoa measured before or after cooking?

  2. I did, but had way too much dressing, that is why I asked about quinoa. Also you listed marinated artichoke hearts but said you used frozen. I added another 1/2 cup cooked quinoa and all of a drained 6 oz jar of marinated artichokes and still had a little bit of dressing left over. Enjoyed the results. Thanks.

    • Glad you enjoyed the salad! So I just looked back at the original recipe (it’s been a while, so I didn’t remember exactly what this was like) and it states 1/4 cup couscous (I swaped for quinoa) uncooked- so that should be about the same amount of grain. i wonder if the couscous absorbs the dressing more?
      A lot of times with these types of salads, I sort of play around with the amounts- what I have on hand, what I prefer to eat (yay artichokes!), and there is some taste testing along the way. If you like this base, you can always do less/more of what you want!

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