1 cup dry quinoa
1 pound broccoli, trimmed and cut into bite-sized florets
3 cloves garlic crushed
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 small red onion finely diced
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 cup pepitas
Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer under cool water for about 2 minutes. Combine quinoa, 2 cups water, and ½ teaspoon salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for about 15 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let stand, covered, for an additional 5 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.
Steam broccoli florets until tender, set aside.
In a small bowl whisk together garlic, vinegar, cayenne, ½ cup olive oil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the pepitas and fry, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer pepitas to a paper towel lined plate and season with salt.
Toss together broccoli, quinoa, pomegranate seeds, and pepitas in a large serving bowl with the oil and vinegar mixture. Season with more salt and pepper, to taste.