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Quinoa Salad with Sugar Snap Peas
© Quentin Bacon

Quinoa Salad with Sugar Snap Peas

  • ACTIVE: 15 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 40 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 6
  • FAST
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • STAFF-FAVORITE
  • VEGETARIAN

This salad is perfect for picnics.

  1. 1/2 pound sugar snap peas
  2. 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
  3. 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  5. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. 1/2 cup salted roasted pumpkin seeds
  7. 1/2 cup minced chives
  1. In a small saucepan of boiling salted water, simmer the peas until bright green and crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Drain and spread out on a large plate to cool, then pat dry. Cut the peas on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the quinoa with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat until all of the water has evaporated and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Uncover and fluff the quinoa, then transfer to a large bowl and let cool to room temperature.
  3. In a bowl, combine the oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Add the peas to the quinoa with the pumpkin seeds, chives and dressing; stir. Season with salt and pepper and serve at room temperature or lightly chilled.
Make Ahead The salad can be refrigerated for up to 6 hours.

Suggested Pairing

Vegetable-focused dishes like this quinoa-and-snap-pea salad are terrific with Sauvignon Blanc's lightly herbal, citrusy flavors. Pour something from New Zealand's Marlborough region.

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