Pineapple Quinoa Salad

By Shewekar Elgharably • April 14, 2015


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Pineapple Quinoa Salad

With the sweet taste of pineapple and the aroma of fresh mint leaves, this exotic quinoa salad takes this new grain to a whole new level. This unique dish is summery, refreshing and hard to resist.

Recipe by: Shewekar Elgharably from her article with


  • 1 cup pineapples - fresh and sliced - أناناس
  • 1/2 cup shallots - diced - بصل أحمر صغير
  • 1 cup mushrooms - sliced - عش الغراب
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil - زيت زيتون
  • 1/2 cup quinoa uncooked - كينوا
  • 1 cup kale -finely chopped - كيل
  • 1 handful mint -fresh - نعناع
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil - زيت زيتون
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice - fresh - عصير أناناس
  • 1 piece pineapples - around 2 cm long - أناناس
  • 1 tablespoon apple vinegar - خل تفاح
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper - or to taste - ملح و فلفل

Step by step

  1. To cook the quinoa, wash it well in running water. Boil the quinoa in one cup of water, then reduce heat and cover to simmer until water is absorbed and the quinoa is soft. Fluff it with a fork and set aside.
  2. Sautee the shallots and mushrooms in 1 tbsp. olive oil until soft. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, add the sliced pineapple and sauté on a low heat for 5-8 minutes until nice and soft and edges are a bit caramelized.
  4. Stir in the pineapple, mushroom and shallots in the cook quinoa and stir.
  5. Add the sliced kale to the mix and fresh mint.
  6. For the dressing, blend the 5 last ingredients in a blender and pour over the salad.
  7. Serve cold.


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