California Plum and Quinoa Salad Recipe -
California Plum and Quinoa Salad Recipe

California Plum and Quinoa Salad

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"Quinoa, a protein-rich grain is paired with California plums, walnuts and bell peppers in this refreshing salad. Serve as a light lunch or a side dish for a grilled summer meal."

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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    12 mins

    1 hr 32 mins


  1. Rinse quinoa and drain well. Add to boiling water; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let chill for about 30 minutes. Stir together quinoa, plums, walnuts, peppers and onions in a medium bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over salad; toss well to coat all ingredients with dressing. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 28, 2008

I made a few changes since I was missing some ingredients. I used about 2 T. chopped yellow onion instead of green onion. I used red wine vinegar instead of white. I used pine nuts instead of walnuts. And I only used extra virgin olive oil, no flax seed oil. But it was still pretty good. My boyfriend didn't like it, it was too "California" for him. I think this is a good dish to take to a bbq, as the vinegar gives it quite a strong finish. If you can make it the night before, the flavors are better after it has been sitting for a while. Great recipe, and I'll make it again, even if for just lunch for myself!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 15, 2010

Nice light side dish, but a little bland. I didn't have flax oil so I used all olive oil, and substituted rice vinegar for the white wine vinegar. The toasted walnuts added nicely to the texture and flavor. I'll make it again but look for something to spice it up a little.


13 Ratings

Jul 09, 2008

Delicious! I was looking for a nice quiona salad using ingredients I had on hand, and while this wasn't a perfect fit, I made it work. I didn't have any flax oil so I used all olive oil. I didn't have red or yellow peppers but I had orange so I figured that would work just as well. I never have walnuts on hand because my husband is allergic. I considered using pecans, but another reviewer used pine nuts, which I had, so I toasted them up and added them too. All in all, it was a delicious salad. I didn't have time to chill it properly, so I imagine it will be even better tomorrow for lunch!

Jul 22, 2008

This recipe is delicious! Next time I make it I will only use walnut oil. I think the olive oil was a bit too strong.

Aug 29, 2008

ABSOLUTELY delicious! I had purchased about 10 pounds of plums at a great price, and after giving many away, I needed to find a recipe where I could use them. I altered the recipe as follows: I used red quinoa instead of the regular quinoa. I omitted the white vinegar (health reasons) as well as the flax seed oil (did not have any on hand). I used balsamic vinegar instead. I am not a fan of any kind of bellpepper. I use them Puerto Rican style, when I make sofrito. HOWEVER, I was brave and dared myself to enjoy the bellpeppers in this salad. Therefore, I used all three colors: Red, Green and Yellow bellpeppers. I chopped them all very fine, and I just absolutely could not even taste or feel them in the salad. Everything blended in perfectly. I will definitely make this salad again, hopefully with the flaxseed oil, and instead of the regular balasamic, I will use Pomegranate balsamic.

Aug 03, 2008

Delicious! I halved the recipe and had plenty for a side at dinner and then some left over for two people.

Jul 23, 2008

This was very refreshing on a hot summer day - I enjoyed it.

Aug 21, 2008

I LOVED this, but my boyfriend thought it was just OK; he's used to quinoa in more Mexican-inspired dishes. I was afraid the dressing would be too sweet, but it was deliciously tangy, and it complemented the rest of the flavors beautifully. I don't eat fresh fruit with grains, so I used dried cherries instead, which added a great texture and a nice contrast to the crunchy walnuts. I added a bit more pepper, and I didn't toast the walnuts. The only other change I'd make is to add a touch more green onion.


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  • Calories
  • 347 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 22.3 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 3.8 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 6.9 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 104 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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