As evident from the title, the main ingredients in this dish are quinoa, cacao nibs, and pomelo, all considered superfoods. So healthy it is. And tasty? The nuttiness of the quinoa, the sweet acidity of the quinoa, the bitter complexity of the cacao nibs… yes its tastes wonderful.
But where do you find these ingredients? I can get red quinoa in Saigon, so chances are you can find it in a health food or gourmet supplies shop where you are. Also available online. I discovered cacao nibs because there is a blossoming cacao growing industry in the Mekong delta (and resulting chocolate production. Marou highly recommended. Even the NY Times is on to it: The Best Chocolate You Have Ever Tasted). If you cannot find cacao nibs, substitute with 80+% pure dark chocolate, finely chopped. And if you cannot find pomelos, they are closely related to grapefruit, so you could substitute those.
Red quinoa and citrus salad
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 juice of a lemon
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tbsp grape seed oil
- 1 Tbsp cocoa nibs
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup red quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 400 g pomelo segmented, all pith and pips removed
- 1 orange segmented, all pith and pips removed
- 1 large mild chilli
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- 2 Tbsp sake
Cook the quinoa, 1 part quinoa to two parts water.
After it is cooked, fluff it up and allow to cool
Blend the cocoa nibs with the orange, lemon, vinegar, salt, and pepper
Slowly add the oil.
Soak the dried cranberries and cacoa nibs in the sake for 30 minutes.
Remove seed and finely chop the chilli
Break up the pomelo segments
Combine the quinoa, cranberries, cocoa nibs, chilli, and dressing, shortly before serving. Allow to drain a little first if necessary.