Dinner in Minutes

Chill out this summer with Chilean quinoa salad

Usher in summer this holiday weekend with a quinoa salad filled with vegetables and shrimp and topped with a citrus-and-olive-oil dressing. Quinoa, an ancient grain from the Andean Mountains, has become very popular in recent years. It’s a good source of protein and it is gluten-free.

Cooking the onions until their natural juices caramelize, a process that takes about 10 minutes, gives the salad a hint of natural sweetness. Let the onions cook while you prepare the rest of the components.

Helpful Hints

• Save prep time by using fresh-cut vegetables from the produce section of the market.

• Any type of washed, ready-to-eat lettuce can be used.


• Start onions and quinoa first.

• Then measure remaining ingredients.

• Complete recipe.


Fred Tasker’s wine suggestion: For this trendy Chilean dish, try a trendy Chilean Torrontés.


To buy: 1 package quinoa, 1 package sliced carrots, 1 container green beans, 2 tomatoes, 1 package frozen corn kernels, 1 bunch cilantro, 1 small bottle orange juice, 3/4 pound peeled, cooked shrimp and 1 bag washed, ready-to-eat romaine lettuce.

Staples: Olive oil, onion, cayenne pepper, minced garlic, salt and black pepper.

Find more of Linda Gassenheimer’s work on her website, dinnerinminutes.com, and on Twitter, @lgassenheimer.