Please consult the OU's guidelines for checking fruits and vegetables.

Quinoa and Grilled-Pepper Salad
This recipe is kosher for Passover.
Quinoa and Grilled-Pepper Salad Eileen Goltz. | Pareve

Serves 6 to 8.

Cilantro and Green Onions (Scallions) tend to be infested with aphids, thrips and other insects. Please check “Special Instructions” below for instructions on insect inspection.


3 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled
3 yellow and 2 red sweet bell peppers, quartered
2 zucchini cut into long strips
1 red onion, cut into thick rings
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted


While quinoa is cooking, grill the zucchini and bell peppers on a well-oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals until slightly softened, about 4 minutes on each side. If you prefer, grill the vegetables in a well oiled ridged grill pan. Cut bell peppers and zucchini crosswise into thin strips. Cut the onion rings into quarters. In a small bowl whisk together the oil, lime juice, soy sauce, and cumin. Place the quinoa in a large bowl, stir in the bell peppers, cilantro, green onions, and salt and pepper to taste. Decorate the top with pine nuts. If making ahead of time don’t add the pine nuts until just ready to serve. Serve at room temperature.

Fresh Herbs and Insect Infestation:

Fresh herbs, including basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary and thyme, are often used as spices or garnishing. Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water.

In order to determine if a particular bunch of herbs is infested prior to washing, bang it several times over a white cloth. This is most important when checking oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. If only one or two insects are found, proceed with the steps below. If three or more insects are detected in a particular bunch of herbs, it should not be used.

1. Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
2. Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs.
3. Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs.
4. Check both sides of each leaf under direct light.
5. If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs.
6. If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.

Scallions or Green Onions Insect Infestation:

Light green or brown thrips may occasionally be found between the green branches where they protrude from the bulb. Less frequently, they can be found crawling on the outside or inside of the long green shoots.

1. A vertical cut should be made from the top of the scallion’s green shoot to the bottom of the bulb. Examine three scallions from each bunch, paying careful attention to the area between the branches that protrude from the bulb.
2. If no insects are found, wash thoroughly under a heavy stream of water or power hose and use.
3. If insects are found in a scallion, the entire bunch must be checked. The affected scallion must be discarded.