Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing
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Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing

A perfect potluck salad, this Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing is a healthier version of traditional broccoli salad. Made with nutritious quinoa, tender crisp broccoli, sweet red grapes and walnuts, it's tossed with a to-die-for sesame vinaigrette. 
Course Salads and Dressings
Cuisine American, Canadian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 337kcal
Author Flavour & Savour

Ingredients

  • 4 cups broccoli florets blanched
  • 1 cup red grapes halved if large
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces

Sesame Miso Dressing

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp white miso
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil toasted or regular
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 6 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp honey (or rice syrup for vegan diet)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

Salad

  • Rinse quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer. Tip into a pot and add 1 cup water. Cook, uncovered, until all the water has been absorbed. Then remove from the heat, cover, and let it steam for 5 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork and let cool completely before adding to salad. You can spread it out on a baking tray to speed up the  cooling.
  • Add broccoli florets to a pot of boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes or just until they turn bright green. Do not overcook! Have a large bowl of ice water ready, and using a slotted spoon, quickly transfer broccoli to the ice bath to stop it from cooking. Drain on a tea towel or paper towel. Pat dry.
  • Combine blanched broccoli florets, grapes, red onion, and quinoa in a large bowl. Toss with Sesame Miso Dressing, garnish with coarsely chopped walnuts and serve.

Sesame Miso Dressing

  • Toast sesame seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning. When they just begin to darken and become fragrant, remove from heat immediately and transfer to a small plate to cool.
  • In a small jar, whisk the remaining ingredients until well combined.Add the toasted sesame seeds and serve with salad.
  • Note:  These amounts will make twice as much as you will need for this salad. Store remainder in a jar in the fridge and enjoy over salads, roasted vegetables or grilled meats.

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 545mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 83.2mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2.2mg