Tomato Mint Quinoa Salad

Tomato Mint Quinoa
Quinoa is a very intriguing ingredient. It’s classified with the rest of the grains but it’s not even a grain, it’s a seed. Pronounced “keen-wah,” this grain-like crop has been around for over 6,000 years, originating in the Andean region of South America. The Incas held the crop to be sacred and referred to it as chisaya mama, meaning mother of all grains.

Nutritionally speaking, this “grain” is the mother of all grains, in protein. It’s the highest grain-like crop in protein, ranging from 12% to 18%. Unlike wheat or rice, quinoa is a complete protein.

I love cooking with quinoa. It’s super easy to make and has a nice fluffy texture with a mild, nutty flavor. I add it to the same ingredients as I would with rice or couscous. It usually takes about 15 minutes to cook. The rule-of-thumb is to add twice as much water as raw quinoa (sometimes I add a little extra water if I throw in other ingredients). Quinoa is available is most supermarkets where rice and pasta is stocked. I usually buy mine at Whole Foods in the bulk bins.

Tomato Mint Quinoa Salad
Serves: 2-3
  • ½ cup quinoa, raw
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1½ cup water
  • 5 ounces button mushrooms
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • handful of fresh mint, chopped
  1. Rinse quinoa in cool water and strain. Add onion and 1 teaspoon oil to saucepan. Cook at medium heat for 2 minutes. Add quinoa and water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Cover and simmer for about 12 minutes. Add mushrooms, 2 remaining teaspoons of oil, and sea salt, and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Plate quinoa and top with cherry tomatoes halves and mint leaves. Enjoy!


  1. says

    I made a similar dish this week also. I love how refreshing the mint made the salad. Yum!

  2. says

    Mint is totally my go-to flavor this summer. Here is a use I never thought of.

  3. says

    Quinoa is terrific! I’ve been eating it frequently over the past couple of years, and encouraging others to do so, too. I like the addition of mint to the salad…nice job!

  4. says

    The best discovery I made last year was quinoa. I love the summer use of it. Delicious and healthy! There’s a combo that can’t be beat.

  5. says

    This looks great! I find myself adding quinoa to nearly ever salad I make lately! Totally agree about the it’s nuttiness, it really adds so much to dish and it’s healthy to boot!

  6. says

    Thanks for teaching me about the benefits of Quinoa. I need to buy it more often.

  7. says

    I really appreciate the simplicity of this dish; brings out the flavors of the mint and fresh tomatoes. Nice!

  8. kschwab says

    Where is the mint in this salad?

    • says

      Thanks for the comment. I can’t believe I didn’t catch this earlier. I made it a few times and swapped out scallions for mint in one of the variations. Thanks for catching :-)


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