Recipe: Mojito Quinoa Salad

Recipe: Mojito Quinoa Salad

I can hardly wait to share this salad with you. Yep, it’s that good!

I know, I’ve been excited about some of my recipes before and I may have said that one or two of them were the best but this time I really mean it. I can’t imagine how I could top this one.

You may have guessed by the number of quinoa recipes on my site that I’m a tad smitten. Maybe I should drop the Kitchen and call it Fox in the Quinoa :-)

I also happen to love mojitos. Traditionally, a mojito is a Cuban cocktail that consists of five ingredients: rum, cane sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and fresh mint. I don’t really drink alcohol anymore (I know, boring huh?), so my mojitos usually have a bit of added fruit instead of rum. I think a virgin raspberry mojito might be my favourite, followed closely by mango.

Okay, calling it mojito might be a bit of a stretch. This is definitely not a cocktail and I only used two of the five ingredients…three if you count using maple syrup as a sweetener instead of cane sugar but I like the name Mojito Quinoa Salad and it’s my recipe, so I get to call it what I want.

Anyways, this recipe was born of a need to use up some leftover cooked quinoa I had in the fridge. I fell short on the ingredients for my usual Quinoa Salads. Time to improvise with the ingredients I had on hand. This super yummy salad is the result.

All I wanted was a little lunch, I wasn’t planning on posting a recipe but such is the life of a food blogger…before you know it, the plate gets assembled all fancy and out comes the camera.

I’m still in the Okanagan at my parent’s place. If you’re familiar with this area in the Province of British Columbia, you’ll know that the Okanagan Valley is famous for its beautiful lakes, orchards, vineyards and nice warm dry weather.

Autumn display at Matheson Creek Farm

My parents live a short distance away from the Matheson Creek Farm Fruit Stand (more than your average fruit stand, it is constructed of straw bales, stucco & reclaimed wood).

Vines heavily laden with grapes that are ready for harvest

Everything they sell there is grown on site and picked fresh daily. I have some beautiful Concorde Pears that I picked up from Matheson’s. In fact I like the concorde pears so much, I bought a 20 pound box of them. One of those pears made it’s way into my salad and I’m so glad it did. The pear goes perfectly with the rest of the ingredients.

Mojito Quinoa Salad
Recipe type: Lunch
Prep time: 
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Summary: Quinoa, fresh mint, lime and sliced pear make for one beautiful, tasty salad.
Gluten Free | Grain Free | Sugar Free | Dairy Free | Egg Free | Real Food | Vegan | Vegetarian
  • 1/2 Cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked for 12-15 minutes in 1 Cup of water
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint, rinsed, leaves removed and sliced into strips
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh cilantro, rinsed, leaves removed and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, or dressing oil of choice
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp real maple syrup, or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 ripe pear, sliced or diced
  1. In a medium size bowl, add all ingredients except the pear. Mix until well blended. Taste, adjust seasonings if needed.
  2. If you’re a food blogger like me and you want to have your salad look all fancy for the camera, arrange slices of pear on two plates and top with salad mixture. If you don’t need fancy, dice the pear and toss into salad mixture.
  3. Serve immediately.


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  1. Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z says:

    Hi Laureen,
    I’m an email subscriber, so I read your blog frequently. I do have to say that you get excited about your quinoa. Blog posts can materialize when least expected, like your lunch. Your salad presentation is beautiful and love the name. I’m pinning this one

    • Laureen says:

      Thanks Judee :) I am a little over the top about my quinoa creations, aren’t I? I’ve actually been thinking about doing aN eBook of quinoa recipes but not sure where I’m going to find the time

  2. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Laureen,
    This is a beautiful Salad. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Laureen says:

      Thanks for stopping by Chaya. It’s always nice to have you! I agree that quinoa works with almost anything. I think I’m going to cook up some to play with today. I need a little culinary therapy lol

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