Nutty Quinoa Salad

by Kate on April 15, 2013

Nutty Quinoa Salad

I have made versions of this salad on a few occasions and it is always a winner with the crowds.

Prior to quitting sugar, I used Israeli/pearl couscous in place of the quinoa and chopped dried apricots instead of diced green apples. Whatever your dietary requirements, both versions taste great.

I generally serve the salad as a side dish but by adding chicken or tuna as well as some leafy greens, you have a substantial lunch on your hands.

ingredients
1 cup of quinoa (or 110 grams of israeli/pearl couscous)
2 green apples, diced (or 85 grams dried apricots chopped)
170 grams mixed nuts, such as almonds, cashews, brazils, walnuts
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
5cm piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
large handful of fresh parsley, chopped finely
juice and zest of 1 orange
slat and pepper

method
1. cook quinoa (or couscous) as directed on label
2. Mix together nuts, apple (or apricot), parsley, ginger and orange zest in a bowl.
3. Fork cooked quinoa (or couscous) to separate the grains. Add quinoa to nut & fruit bowl. Dress with olive oil & orange juice. Season

Serves 6 as a side dish

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1 CitricSugar April 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm

This looks delicious! I’ve introduced my dad to quinoa (successfully) and am on the hunt for new recipes…

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2 sweet emmelie April 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Looks absolutely tantalizing. I will try this one out!

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3 Katie August 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm

I’ve never been a fan of fruit in meal type food – apart from deserts – until now – that genuinely looks and sounds delicious!

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4 Michele October 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Is this meant to be a cold salad or a warm meal?
Thanks

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5 Kate November 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Either way is fine Michele!

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