Cooking Tips + Kitchen Tips quinoa recipe

Published on November 5th, 2012 | by Amie Valpone


Quinoa Recipe: Honey Soaked Quinoa with Fresh Cilantro

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Who doesn’t love a good quinoa recipe, right? This honey-soaked version adds a little sweetness to this healthy grain.

This gluten free, vegetarian recipe is easy as pie to veganize. Just use maple syrup or agave nectar in place of the honey for a vegan version. It combines chewy quinoa with a hint of sweet and you get a nice crunch (and protein punch!) from the peanuts. It makes a great side dish, and you can even serve it up as the main course.

Quinoa is packed with protein, fiber, and lots of vitamins and nutrients. It’s one of those fancy pants “superfoods” that’s so nutrient-dense and healing. On top of the protein and fiber, it’s a great source of calcium, magnesium, iron, and lots of micronutrients for a healthier you.

To make this simple quinoa salad, you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup salted peanuts
  • 3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh orange zest
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Ready to get cooking? Check out the directions over at The Healthy Apple!

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Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of; she is a Manhattan Celebrity Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Writer and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean Eating’ recipes. Amie recently healed herself from a decade of chronic pain including Lyme Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Fatigue, Leaky Gut, Heavy Metals and much more exhausting thousands of doctors in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating and Detox saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, organic, whole foods. Amie's work appears on Martha Stewart, ABC News, Fox News Health, WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Food Network, Glamour Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine, SELF Magazine, Prevention Magazine, PBS and many others. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest @TheHealthyApple. Amie's first cookbook, 'Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation & Reset Your Body’ will be in stores nationwide March 8, 2016.

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