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Curried Quinoa Salad with Nectarines and Sugar Snap Peas

The spicy-sweet dressing for this salad is made with prepared mango chutney. Spoon around the fruit chunks in the chutney to use only the smooth, jammy sauce.



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8 oz. stringless sugar snap peas or snow peas
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1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
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2 Tbs. curry powder, divided
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2 ½ Tbs. unseasoned rice vinegar
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2 ½ Tbs. mango chutney (sauce only)
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2 ½ Tbs. olive oil
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3 small nectarines or peaches (14 oz.), each cut into 10 wedges
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½ medium red onion, thinly sliced (¾ cup)
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2 cups coarsely chopped watercress, plus 4 sprigs for garnish


1. Cook sugar snap peas in large saucepan of boiling salted water 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Transfer to paper-towel-lined plate with slotted spoon to drain.

2. Stir quinoa and 1 Tbs. curry powder into same pot of boiling water. Cook 14 minutes, or until quinoa is tender, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, whisk together remaining 1 Tbs. curry powder, vinegar, chutney sauce, and oil in medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Set aside.

4. Toss together sugar snap peas, nectarines, and onion in large bowl. Add watercress.

5. Drain quinoa, and rinse under cold water to cool; drain again. Add quinoa and dressing to salad, and toss to coat. Serve salad garnished with watercress sprigs.

Nutrition Information: 

9 g
Total Fat: 
12 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
54 g
0 mg
320 mg
7 g
19 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

What is fat content per serving?

Very easy,healthy and delicious.

This is a very good recipe. Whole family likes it. I didn't have peas so substituted green beans. Will be making it again for a family picnic.

This is delicious! I have modified the steps to make it easier. Boil 2 cups of water and add 1 cup of quinoa and 1 T of curry powder ( or more if you like it spicy). While this is cooking steam the peas in a steamer. I didn't have mango chutney or watercress so I skipped those and still delicious.

Delicious...doubled recipe and used peaches and a little sesame seed oil too. Had to make sure to add a little more water to quinoa especially when doubling recipe.