Thanks to Kikkoman and Latina Bloggers Connect for making this recipe post possible. As always my comments, opinions and love for world cuisines and flavors are my own.
Here’s a side dish that has so much going for it, it’s almost hard to cover it all. It includes many of my favorite things. As the name Sweet and Sour Quinoa Salad suggests, it balances the sweetness of golden raisins and pineapple, with the acidic pop of rice vinegar. And it’s all brought together with the savory, tangy goodness of teriyaki sauce, hot and spicy ginger, pungent garlic, and fragrant basil. Of course, I haven’t even mentioned yet the amazingly popular, protein-rich quinoa. And now I have.
Sweet and Sour Quinoa Salad
Estimated prep time: 5 minutes
Start to finish: 25 minutes
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup dry cranberries
- Pepper to taste
- 5 fresh basil leaves (optional)
For the dressing
- 4 tablespoons Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce (made with traditionally brewed soy sauce and spices)
- 8 tablespoons crushed pineapple in juice
- 1 medium garlic clove, peeled and finely grated
- 1-inch fresh ginger root, peeled and finely grated
- 4 teaspoons rice vinegar
Clean quinoa according to the instructions on the package. Combine quinoa and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook 15-20 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Fluff gently with a fork and let rest for 5 minutes.
While quinoa is cooking, make the dressing. Combine Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce, pineapple, garlic, ginger, and rice vinegar.
Transfer the quinoa to a bowl, add raisins, almonds, cranberries, and dressing. Mix well. Add pepper to taste and basil (if you wish).
You know teriyaki has been popular since it was first created in Japan. It was a simple mixture of soy sauce and spices. I just got back from a trip to Hawai’i. Japanese-Americans there added fresh ginger, brown sugar, pineapple juice and green onions to produce the teriyaki we know and love.
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