California Quinoa Recipe
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California Quinoa Recipe

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I’m always changing this salad up. Here I used tomato, zucchini and olives for a Greek-inspired salad. Try adding a few more favorite fresh veggies you know your family will love. —Elizabeth Lubin, Huntington Beach, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and well drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup canned garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Greek olives
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 310 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 353 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 11 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat, 1 lean meat 1 vegetable


  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add quinoa and garlic; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until quinoa is lightly browned. Stir in zucchini and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in remaining ingredients; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as California Quinoa in Simple & Delicious August/September 2013, p25

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Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"Sorry not a fan! As noted below there is not much taste to this dish and by the time the Quinoa cooked the zucchini was mush. Won't be making this again. Too bad!"

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013

"This was pretty good, but I think it would be better as a cold salad rather than a warm side dish... If I make it again, I would add some red onion or scallions and some type of vinaigrette. My daughter really seemed to enjoy it, but something just wasn't quite right for me."

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2013

"Oh wow, was this one a fabulous loved it! Only change was to add a little minced onion and carrots with the garlic."

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