1 cup quinoa, rinsed (or pre-washed)
½ teaspoon salt
1 red bell pepper, cut into bite-sized strips
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 cucumber, seeded and diced
2 scallions, white and green parts, finely sliced
¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil (optional)
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (approximately 3 limes)
2-1/2 teaspoon Asian fish sauce
2-1/2 tablespoons SOOC Persian Lime Olive Oil
¼ -½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (use less if you don’t like heat)
Add quinoa, salt and 1-2/3 cups water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, until the water is adsorbed and the quinoa is cooked. You will know it is done when the little “tails” sprout from the grains. (If necessary add 1-2 tablespoons more water if the quinoa is not cooked by the time all the liquid is adsorbed) Transfer to a service bowl and let cool in the refrigerator.
In the meantime, make the dressing by combining the lime juice, fish sauce, Olive Oil, and crushed red pepper. Whisk.
Once the quinoa is cool, add the red bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, scallions, fresh herbs and dressing. Toss well, then taste and adjust seasoning. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Salad will keep for several days refrigerated.