Cook's Hideout: Quinoa Salad with Pistachio and Dates

November 19, 2015

Quinoa Salad with Pistachio and Dates

Blogging Marathon# 58: Week 3/ Day 3
Theme: Salads
Dish: Quinoa Salad with Pistachio and Dates
I love grain based salads. If planned correctly they make for a wholesome meal and you don't have to worry about side dishes or protein to go along with it. This Quinoa salad is one such recipe.
Pistachio & Dates Salad with Quinoa
This recipe is also from 'Vegan Eats World' cookbook like yesterday's Avocado Mango Salad. This quinoa salad has all my favorite ingredients, dates, pistachios, baby spinach and of course quinoa. I love dates - they are so chewy, caramely and oh-so delicious. I always keep a bag of them in my pantry for snacking or for making desserts (like this burfi or these nut balls or this decadent cake) or salads like this one.

Pistachio & Dates Salad with Quinoa
The list of ingredients seem long but most of them are readily available in a well stocked kitchen. Sumac powder is sprinkled on top of the salad to give slight lemony taste to the dish. You can find sumac in Middle Eastern stores or simply substitute with a bit of lemon juice.

Quinoa Salad with Pistachios & Dates
  • 1cup Uncooked Quinoa
  • 1tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1¾cups Water
  • 1 Small Onion, sliced into thin half moons
  • 3cups Baby Spinach leaves (I used a mix of baby greens with kale, swiss chard and spinach), torn into bite size pieces
  • ½cup Flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1cup Cooked Chickpeas, drained and rinsed if using canned
  • 1cup Pitted Dates, chopped
  • ⅓cup Pistachios, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 4~6tbsp Sumac powder
  • To taste Salt
  • 2tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 3tbsp Fresh Lemon juice
  • ½tsp Ground Coriander
  • To taste Salt & Pepper
  1. Cook Quinoa: Thoroughly rinse and drain quinoa and place it in a medium saucepan and toast it over medium heat for 3~4 minutes until grains are dry and lightly toasted. Add cumin and fennel seeds and toast for another minute.
  2. Add water and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat, cover and cook for 20~22 minutes or until all of the water is evaporated and quinoa is tender. Fluff it with a fork and cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Prepare Dressing: While quinoa is cooking, whisk all of the dressing ingredients in a 2cup liquid measuring cup and keep ready.
  4. Prepare the Salad: Combine the onions, spinach (or mixed greens), parsley, chickpeas, dates and pistachios in a mixing bowl. Pour the prepared dressing and toss to coat completely and let stand while quinoa is cooking.
  5. To Assemble: After the quinoa has cooled slightly, transfer it to the mixing bowl and toss it with the dressing and salad. Divide it among serving plates. Sprinkle with the sumac and serve warm or at room temperature.
Pistachio & Dates Salad with Quinoa

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 58.


  1. Almost a meal.....looks colourful and healthy.

  2. Love this wholesome meal idea with the quinoa base.

  3. Lovely salad. Its been a while since I cooked quinoa. Should try this for sure.

  4. Such a filling and satisfying salad, just love to finish that bowl.

  5. That is one healthy and filling salad bowl.


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