This scallop-studded quinoa salad gets an exciting texture from crunchy snow peas, red bell pepper and scallions. Feel free to substitute shrimp or thin slices of chicken for the scallops. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2009

Marie Simmons
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Toss scallops with 2 teaspoons tamari (or soy sauce) in a medium bowl. Set aside.

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  • Place a large, high-sided skillet with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil and quinoa. Cook, stirring constantly, until the quinoa begins to color, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add water and salt and bring to a boil. Stir once, cover and cook over medium heat until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. (Do not stir.) Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in snow peas, cover and let stand for 5 minutes more.

  • Meanwhile, whisk 3 tablespoons canola oil, the remaining 2 teaspoons tamari (or soy sauce), vinegar and sesame oil in a large bowl. Add the quinoa and snow peas, scallions and bell pepper; toss to combine.

  • Remove the scallops from the marinade and pat dry. Heat a large skillet over medium-high until hot enough to evaporate a drop of water upon contact. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons canola oil and cook the scallops, turning once, until golden and just firm, about 2 minutes total. Gently stir the scallops into the quinoa salad. Serve garnished with cilantro, if desired.

Tips

Note: Be sure to buy “dry” scallops, which are scallops that have not been treated with sodium tripolyphosphate, or STP. Scallops that have been treated with STP (“wet” scallops) have been subjected to a chemical bath and are mushy, less flavorful and won't brown properly.

Tip: Quinoa is a delicately flavored, protein-rich grain. Rinsing removes any residue of saponin, quinoa's natural, bitter protective covering. Find it in natural-foods stores and the natural-foods sections of many supermarkets.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

315 calories; 14.6 g total fat; 14 mg cholesterol; 844 mg sodium. 32.3 g carbohydrates; 13.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (42)

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42 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2017
I added shrimp to the scallops and some crab meat. It was delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2015
5 Stars and definitely a keeper recipe! This is a flavorful attractive and healthy meal. I followed the recipe and only substituted shrimp for the scallops. It was delicious and filling. This would be an excellent salad to bring to a potluck gathering or for a luncheon just add a fruit dessert. Pros: This is a delicious and easy recipe to make fool proof and likely you have most ingredie Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2014
Whole Family Loved It! I've never toasted quinoa...yummy! My whole family including 3 kids loved it! It wasn't a Rachel Ray 30 minute meal but worth the additional time. Will definitely make again! Pros: Flavorful & healthy Cons: a bit cumbersome Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2014
I thought it was very easy to make take left overs to lunch. Easy to add shrimp instead of scallops also. Pros: Great easy to make!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2014
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been cooking up plenty of meals from this website so far this week and this one is my favourite!!! My family loved it so much with its wonderful flavours! This one's a keeper in my book! Pros: So delicious and flavourful very easy to make Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2014
A Home-Run! Not even knowing what Quinoa was before this recipe I was pleasantly surprised how good this dish turned out. Love the taste of the whole dish together. Definitely should have dried the scallops off a little before cooking as I didn't get them as brown as I would have liked but this dish was amazing! Definitely one for the books:) Pros: Delicious Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2014
One of my favorite new recipes I really enjoy making this recipe. It's not too difficult and turns out so fresh flavorful and healthy. Easy to overcook so it's important to watch everything closely while cooking. I do make a few twists: I add mushrooms and crushed red pepper. I also add a bit more sesame oil & soy sauce than the recipe calls for. Pros: Delicious healthy Cons: Easy to overcook if not watching items carefully. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2014
Very easy and very tasty I cooked this dish today and it was the first time I cooked Quinoa. Went very well. Didn't get any Coquille St. Jacques so I made it with Tiger Prawns instead. It was just perfect. Pros: Easy to cook light and tasty Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2014
Healthy and Delicious Made this dish because I had some leftover seared scallops from a family dinner. It was very tasty and I like it even without the scallops. I will definitely be making it again. Great also because quinoa is a good source of protein on it's own. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/27/2013
Need a sub due to severe allergy I would love to make this but my son is allergic to sesame. Any recs for a substitution? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2013
One word Awesome!!! I really loved this dish at first I was a little bit skeptical because I never had quinoa before trying this meal. There were two things I did not have in my kitchen canola oil nor rice vinegar. Even without them both it was still great. Im so happy I've tried this dish!!! Plus quinoa came out prefectly.. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/12/2012
Tasty! I subbed in chicken and sugar snaps. I browned the chicken in another pan and once the quinoa was done toasting and the garlic was added I added the chicken to boil with the water. Chicken turned out tender and the veggies were great. I wanted to add a sweet component to counteract the salty and added 1/4 cup apricot jelly and it came out great. Pros: Great flavors! Cons: A little too salty. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/24/2012
GAVE ME DIAHORREA! It just tastes like mush i prefer being fat! Pros: my dog liked it... Cons: It tasted digusting and made me so ill i puked up my liver... im typing this in my hospital bed! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/14/2012
Roasted Quinoa Salad I haven't made this yet because i didn't know whether to rinse the quinoa before or after toasting it. Another Eating Well recipe says to roast it first then rinse it and add it to the water to cook. That makes sense when I think about it because roasting wet quinoa would steam it first. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2012
Delicious and healthy Easy to make and delicious weeknight meal. I used the same ingredients and followed the instructions except to quickly sautee the snow peas as we don't want them to taste too raw. Came out great and still crunchy! My husband said I should make it again... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2012
Yummy! I substituted red quinoa shrimps sugar snaps and used a mixture of balsamic and apple cider vinegar. Even with subs. it still tasted GREAT!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2012
Great with shrimp too I made this with shrimp (since good scallops require a special trip and frozen uncooked shrimp are easy to come by) and sugar snap peas because they are amazingly good. None of this was super hard. If you are handy with a knife the chopping takes no more than 10 minutes and can be done the night before if you are a little less handy. I have a full time job two kids (one baby) and a husband who works 12 hour days and I consider this a weeknight level meal. The next time I make this I will probably add a little hot chilli oil and some extra rice vinegar other than that I think it was pretty perfect. My five year old ate it with gusto and suggested we have it again next week. Pros: Easy Delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2011
Healthy and declicious and easy used boneless skinless chicken breast (cut up in small pieces) instead of scallops - terrific! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I have made this recipe several times -- and get rave reviews. Sometimes I simply make the quinoa on its own and then add the dressing afterwards -- I have substituted shrimp and smoked salmon (chunk style) as well which were well received. The dressing is wonderful -- bell pepper gives it crunch -- as do the snow peas. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very good!! I substituted regular peas for the snow peas and green bell pepper for the red. Will make again and again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I LOVED this...I agree with the other comments on the raw veggies giving a great crunch- it adds a lot to the dish. I'm excited to make this again and try variations. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
this is delicious! i made a few alterations-- added roasted butternut squash and sauteed shiitakes and served the seared scallops on the side rather than IN the salad. the flavors are very pronounced and well-balanced. the veggies give a nice crunch & added texture. i will definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious! I have served this twice for a ladies lunch and it has been well received each time. If you haven't had quinoa before this is a great introductory dish. Dressing is very tasty. I followed recipe as is but used larger quantities of red pepper and peas. If using for entertaining another bonus is you can make the quinoa portion ahead and only have to do the scallops right before serving. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We have started to challenge tonight and this first menu we could not be happier. This was absoluetly Delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Slightly labor intensive but well worth the effort. I love variety so I hardly ever make the same thing twice...I'm making my second batch tonight! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was really good. I used turbot (a type of fish I had never heard of before but it was on sale) and just broke it into chunks instead of using scallops. We had some left over and ate it for lunch the next day and it was even better! I'm making this again tonight! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I looked forward to making this recipe...snow peas a new grain I've never tried sounds great! I was disappointed. It requires a bit of labor and the effort was not rewarded for me with a delicious dish or even one I'd try again. I'm glad others liked it because it's always nice to find a new recipe. But this for me was not it. I'm intrigued enough by the quinoa that I want to find other recipes but this was not a good start. I've tried to figure out what I didn't like and this is the best I can come up with: I like all the ingredients but they just didn't blend well together. The dressing was dominated by the vinegar (and I like vinegar) and there wasn't enough else going on in the dish flavor-wise to balance out that strong flavor. It was just too bland and the vinegar was just too forward for my taste. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I substituted chicken for the scallops and broccoli for the snow peas and it was delicious! Also steamed the red pepper and broccoli for a minute or two prior to adding to the salad because we don't like are vegetables that crunchy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was very easy to make. I substituted firm tofu for the scallops and it was delicious. Pros: Cons: Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I didn't use as much red pepper as the recipe called for because I'm not that fond of them but otherwise I followed the recipe as it was. I will definitely be making this again. It wasn't that hard to make but it was so good. A definite keeper. I liked the addition of the rice vinegar. It gave a different taste than I was expecting from stir fry. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Did not turn out at all. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I enjoyed this AFTER my husband suggested to add some Hoisen Sauce. It made it 10X better! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made that recipe for dinner last night we both loved it. Looking forward to making it again.. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Very good and not hard to make. Didn't have any rice vinegar so used 3 parts white vinegar to 1 part water. Also added crushed black pepper to give a bit more flavour. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Nice change from the same old dinners I added a bit more vinegar and sesame oil than the recipe called for because I like a lot of flavor. I used thawed frozen scallops from Aldi and they worked just fine. I added 1/2 cup of sliced almonds with the cliantro at the very end and they added a nice little crunch. Worth trying if you're looking for a change from the same old dinners. Pros: delicious and healthy Cons: a bit labor intensive for a weeknight Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious! This was my first experience cooking quinoa and I'll definitely make it again. It was so good I called my sister over to try it:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Tasty quinoa recipe I've only made this without the scallops so far but I think it's a really nice base recipe you can play around with depending on what you have on hand. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Super tasty and filling! First off let me just say I made a mistake and added 3 tbs soy sauce to the dressing. I was quickly transcribing the recipe from my computer and somewhere there was a glitch. In spite of this my husband and I both loved this. He is the one that pointed out it was a bit salty. Honestly it was salty but not too salty to enjoy since there was no table salt added. This is a slightly prep-intensive recipe since there is a bit of chopping and dicing and a few bowls involved but it is well worth it. I used jumbo shrimp instead of scallops and it was fantastic. I served it with another EW recipe---Elise's Sesame Noodles. My husband figured out that mixing the noodles with the quinoa salad cut the saltiness and tasted delish to boot. We ate this accompanied by a bottle of Yellow-Tail Pinot Gris. Cheap but nice. I'm psyched to have leftovers for my lunch tomorrow. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Wowser! A GOODIE This was a delicious dish. I followed the recipe but knew as soon as I saw it it would need something for a little more kick. I used 1/2 cup fresh cilantro and I added a seeded chilie pepper. Was perfect for our tastes. Thanks for a great idea. I am going to try it next with grilled chicken. Pros: no cons al pros. Very good satisfying meal Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/29/2011
Okay I wish that this recipe wowed me like it did everyone else. I thought it was bland and didn't love the way the flavors came together. Pros: Easy Cons: Flavor was okay Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Yummy I actually like this recipe cold better - more like a salad!! I will add different veggies to it as well - lots of crunch and flavor! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Sooooo good! I had made quinoa once before and it didn't turn out well so my husband was less than thrilled to try this however after one bite he was hooked. I'm pretty sure he did breath or talk while eating it all! Read More