Thai Quinoa w/Mango

Mangos have been on sale at my grocery store a lot lately; I was recently reading in the NYT that the reason for this is because even though mangoes aren’t local, they’re in season.  After making some mango salsa about a week ago, I decided to make another savory dish with mango, Thai Quinoa with Mango.  This dish has such wonderful flavors and it’s healthy too.  I marinated some chicken in lime juice, garlic, and fresh ginger and then grilled it and served it over this quinoa.  It’s definitely the perfect side dish to welcome spring and mango season.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups dry quinoa
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup minced red onion
  • 1 ripe but firm mango, peeled and diced small
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • About 10 fresh basil leaves, finely shredded
  • Small handful cilantro leaves, roughly torn
  • Lime zest for garnishing
Directions:
  1. Rinse quinoa well in a strainer, and drain. (Do not skip this step, or quinoa will be bitter.) Place in medium-size pot and add 3 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, immediately reduce heat to very low, cover, and simmer until grains have popped open and are tender and translucent, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a serving bowl, combine jalapeño, onion, mango, oil, salt and lime juice. Stir to combine. Add quinoa and toss to combine.
  3. Garnish with basil, cilantro, and lime zest.
*Adapted from New York Times
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21 Comments

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21 responses to “Thai Quinoa w/Mango

  1. I’m trying to eat more quinoa. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Ooh, I’m such a quinoa fan – and this looks amazing. Love the Thai inspiration! I usually kind of absentmindedly go Southwestern with this grain.

  3. LOVE these pictures… and mango… what a great idea for a combo!

  4. Wow this is my kind of recipe! It looks and sounds DELICIOUS! I’ve noticed how cheap mangos are too – lately around 50 cents each and so juicy and amazing. Yum!

  5. I love mango! It would be an awesome flavor with quinoa…definitely holding on to this recipe. Thanks!

  6. Love quinoa and mangoes, sounds like an interesting combination. I just might have to give it a try.

  7. I love this combination it’s nearly a dessert if you added some coconut milk!
    You can tell I’m desperate for sugar because of this detox!!;D

  8. What a pretty dish! It sounds so refreshing with mango, and I like the addition of jalapeno too!

  9. I love mango, what a great way to add flavor to a quinoa dish!

  10. Love that photo. And the mango doesn’t sound bad either.

  11. Bookmarking this! It looks incredible!

  12. this looks like a really original recipe idea, definitely adding it to the list! thanks!

  13. pawsitivelife

    Quinoa is popping up everywhere, I have never seen a recipe like this before definitely trying out

  14. I just tried quinoa for the first time last week and I can’t wait to make it again. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  15. During my freshman year of college, I ate a mango almost everyday. I need to bring the mangos back! Thank you so much for sharing with me tonight. I always know I will find something that will make me smile! Your sweet and creative spirit brings me such happiness. I hope you have a great day tomorrow full of hope and love.

  16. This looks delicious! We all love mango and this looks like a great refreshing side dish to try. The yellow color in the background of the picture is just like mango color – it was a brilliant idea.

  17. Liz

    Oh, my!!! Thai + quinoa = DELISH! Love this!

  18. Wow, love this…I am always looking for quinoa recipe and will sure try your recipe…so tropical…and flavorful. Great pictures as well. Have a great week 🙂

  19. Kim Cooper

    I just made some southwestern style quinoa but I think this blows mine out of the water! I think this will make an amazing lunch.

  20. Charlottesville Sybarite

    Ohhh, I love this! I’ve been eating quinoa instead of oatmeal for breakfast, but this way it can be an afternoon goodness as well. Thanks for sharing!

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