Quinoa Salad With Beets, Blood Oranges, Kumquats and Avocado

Posted on by on April 1st, 2011 | 17 Comments ยป

While in Ashkelon a few weeks back I saw beautiful blood oranges in the shuk. Excited that they would maybe be in Be’er Sheva, I opted not to buy them and lug around a bag of oranges all day. Unfortunately, the Be’er Sheva shuk had no blood oranges and I immediately regretted my decision not to buy the beautiful crimson fruit when I had the chance. A few days ago while walking through the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv (is it weird that I visit the shuks in every town and city I go to?!) I spotted blood oranges! Not caring about having to carry them around the rest of the day and for only 6NIS ($1.70) a kilo, I filled up a bag to bring home. Now the question was what to do with my beautiful juicy blood oranges. Luckily my friend Katherine is as big of a food dork as I am and happened to have copy of Cooking Light to read on the train ride back to Be’er Sheva. Low and behold a beautiful salad using blood oranges. I was sold.

This salad has a whole mess of good for you stuff going on in it. Lets start off with the quinoa base. If you don’t eat quinoa then it is about time you start. Not only is it tasty its really healthy and we all like yummy stuff that’s healthy too right? Quinoa is a plant based complete protein, which is rare for plants. It contains all eight of the amino acids our bodies need to repair and rebuild themselves. The blood oranges give us a whole bunch of good stuff like vitamin C, folic acid and anthocyanins, which are powerful pigments that exist in red and purple fruits/vegetables and protect our bodies from many diseases. The Avocados provide a whole bunch of good for you essential nutrients, including fiber and potassium. Then there are the beets, high in calcium and iron.

You really cant beat delicious and healthy, like, really healthy. Oh and pretty! This salad is beautiful and who doesn’t like to eat something beautiful?!


For Dressing

3 Teaspoons Grated Blood Orange Rind
2 Teaspoons Grated Lemon Rind
2 1/2 Tablespoons Blood Orange Juice
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
3 Teaspoons Cilantro, Chopped
1/4 Teaspoon Corriander
1/4 Teaspoon Cumin
1/2 Teaspoon Sweet Paprika
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

For Salad

1 Cup Quinoa, Uncooked
1 3/4 Cup Water
3 Blood Oranges, Chopped into sections
2 Avocados, Peeled and diced
6 Kumquats, Sliced and seeds removed
1 Large Beet, Cooked and cut into medium size pieces


Prepare dressing by whisking together all ingredients, except the olive oil in a small mixing bowl.
Add olive oil, 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking after each addition.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a pot over medium heat.
Reduce heat and cover. Simmer until all liquid is absorbed (about 15 minutes)
Remove quinoa from heat and fluff with a fork.
In a large bowl mix together quinoa, blood orange sections, diced avocados and sliced kumquats.
Drizzle dressing over salad, reserving 1 tablespoon, and toss.
Place diced beets on top of salad and drizzle with remaining tablespoon of dressing.

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  1. Posted on: 4-1-2011

    Amazing color in this dish…not to mention a flavor that pops. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I usually drag my hubby along on shopping trips so he can tote things around for me….bless his heart…ehehehe.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-1-2011

      Dragging the hubby along is the best for toting bags!!

  2. Posted on: 4-2-2011

    Actually today I saw someone using this quinoa for a recipe and I became interested in. It’s great that I have a recipe to try instead of just having “good” ingredient at home that I don’t know what to do with. I love the dressing by the way. It’s totally new combination but looks really delicious. I love citrus base a lot. I’m so excited to see new recipes everyday (or maybe not everyday but close enough). What’s your next recipe? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-2-2011

      Quinoa is definitely a goodie! I used red quinoa in this recipe which has a more nutty flavor to it. Let me know if you try this recipe out, or any recipe with quinoa!!

  3. Posted on: 4-2-2011

    This looks like such an amazing dish. I think it would make a great and filling breakfast! Thanks for sharing, I’m always looking to add more whole grains to my diet!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-2-2011

      Oooo it would be a GREAT breakfast! I have been seeing a lot of quinoa recipes for breakfast but never had any myself in the morning. Maybe tomorrow Ill have these left overs ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Posted on: 4-2-2011

    Gorgeous dish!!! Love the vibrant colors and flavors…

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-3-2011

      Thanks Liz!

  5. Posted on: 4-4-2011

    Love quinoa, avocados, and blood oranges. Can’t wait to try this!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-6-2011

      Luke, if you give it a try let me know how you like it! It’s so wonderful!

  6. Posted on: 4-21-2011

    I have yet to try cooking with quinoa, and am curious as to the taste of it….should make an effort to look for quinoa soon!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-25-2011

      Jeannie, You should definitely try and seek some out. You can find it in pretty much any supermarket!

  7. Laura Wallan
    Posted on: 4-21-2011

    This looks wonderful. I’m going to make it this weekend. Quinoa is also good for breakfast. Cook white quinoa as described below and after placing it in a large bowl add the following: Chooped walnuts, raisins or dried cranberries, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1Tbs. maple syrup or agave, and enjoy! Kids love it and it’s packed with protein.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-25-2011

      Thanks Laura! Let me know if you try it!

  8. Posted on: 4-22-2011

    This is such a beautiful dish and sounds absolutely fantastic! I especially love the combination of the avocados, oranges and cilantro- I love all three but I’m not sure I’ve tried them together in a quinoa dish before. I can’t wait to give this a try!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-25-2011

      Thanks Wendy! The flavors really work wonderfully in this dish! Let me know how you like it!

  9. Posted on: 1-23-2012

    Great recipe! I love beets and quinoa!

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