Last week I had one of the best summer salads ever – okay so I know I say that about a lot of great recipes – but this one was really amazing. It was the Health Starts Here California Quinoa salad from Whole Foods deli. The HSH deli items at Whole Foods have no added salt, oil or sugar. This salad was the prefect balance of fabulous ingredients starting with protein packed quinoa, including tropical flavors like mango and shredded coconut then studded with sweet dried currants, edamame, red onion, sweet red bell peppers, fresh cilantro and fresh lime juice. Are you drooling yet?
Sometimes Whole Foods will have the recipes for deli items on their website but sadly this one wasn’t listed.
The only thing I could do was to try and create it using the list of ingredients on the box. Guess what? My version was a huge success, in fact I liked it even better than the Whole Foods version! If you don’t have any mango use pineapple. This recipe makes a huge amount which is great for taking to a picnic or potluck. If you are making it for a smaller group feel free to cut the recipe in half. It’s the best combination of ingredients and so healthy! Eat it alone as a entree salad served over a bed of baby greens. Perfect as a side dish to a veggie burger or a cup of soup. Hubby Tom and I have been enjoying this salad and it’s going on the menu again soon.
California Quinoa Mango Salad
- 2 cups Tri colored Quinoa, rinsed and drained or any color of quinoa
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups Organic Shelled Edamame (I used Whole Foods Frozen non GMO)
- 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup dried currants – can sub raisins or dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup red onion, finely diced
- juice of two limes
- 4 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 1/2 cups mango, diced
In a medium size sauce pan mix the water and quinoa, over a medium heat bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook 10-15 minutes or until all water has been absorbed. Set aside to cool. If you are in a hurry, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the hot quinoa out on it and it will cool down fairly quickly.
Once the quinoa has cooled down transfer it to a large mixing bowl and combine with rest of ingredients. Chill before serving.
Yield: 14 cups
Servings Size: 1 cup for an entree or 1/2 cup for a side dish
Per 1 Cup Serving: 214 Calories, 7.1 g Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 4.6 mg Sodium, 67.2 mg Potassium, 32.2 g Carbohydrates, 5.9 g Fiber, 8.8 g Protein, WWPP 6
Inspired by Whole Foods Deli California Quinoa Salad
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Racheal @ Running with Racheal
Wow, that salad looks great. Can’t wait to try it!
Jody - Fit at 55
I have had that salad!!!! I have been getting there 5 for $5 on Thursday & posting & tweeting & Instagramming about it – LOVE!!!!! They have another one that is great too!!! Kale salads too! $5 – what a great deal!
Well then Jody you know how wonderful this salad is! My store doesn’t have the 5 for $5 on Thursdays. I do like their kale salads too – such yummy goodness and healthy too.
What a refreshing looking salad! I love substantive, entree-worthy salads for filling and healthy meals. Plus, mango makes almost everything better!
You are so right about mango making everything better! 🙂
The salad sounds wonderful. Glad you recreated it and posted about it! I haven’t been to WF in a long time as I have a hard time fitting it into my budget…
I am definitely a morning person and usually get up at 4. I love having most of my “must dos” done by 8! 🙂
Hope you are having a great week!
Oh my goodness you are a morning person Andrea 4:00 am is early!