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Quinoa Salad With Caramelized Onions and Green Peppers

Quinoa Salad With Caramelized Onions and Green Peppers
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Modern American
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 3/4 cups of quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 very large red onions, halved and then sliced very thin crosswise
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 large green peppers, thinly sliced into 1-inch strips
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce(use ground black pepper or chipotle powder for delicious variations. I like the smoky flavor from the chili sauce.)
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  • Place the rised quinoa and the water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, and cook until most of the water is absorbed.
  • Slap on a tight-fitting lid on the quinoa, turn the heat to low, and let it cook for 15 minutes more. Turn off the heat.
  • In a skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and sugar and saute over medium-low heat about 10-15 minutes until the onions turn a caramel-brown and soft.
  • Remove the onions from the saucepan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • To the same pan, add the green peppers and garlic and saute until the peppers turn tender but are still crunchy. Stir in the pepper.
  • Fluff the quinoa with a fork to separate the grains, and add to the saucepan along with the onions. Stir everything together and turn off the heat.
  • Serve with any spicy curry. I served it with my Spicy Braised Sweet Potatoes