Thursday, July 21, 2011

Quinoa Salad

Pronounced KEEN-wah, this salad is so good and so refreshing!

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup peeled, diced tart apple, such as Granny Smith
1 cup finely chopped celery
1/3 cup Craisins
1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Coarse salt and pepper

In a medium-size saucepan, combine the quinoa and water, then bring them to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl, stir, and let it cool completely.

In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lemon juice, and salt. Gradually whisk in the oil until blended.

Add the apple, celery, Craisins, parsley, and almonds (I bought slivered almonds and scorched them in a dry skillet... perfect!) to the quinoa and toss the ingredients well. Add the dressing and toss once more to coat the salad. Season it with salt and pepper to taste. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Serves 6 to 8.

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Jenny said...

Shannon, this salad was DELICIOUS! Note to others, don't turn your nose up to a salad just because it sounds strange ;)

Max Teders said...

Shannon brought this salad on the Fourth of July and it was great! 4 stars.

Pamela said...

I'm always looking for new salad recipes. This looks delish and I'm eager to try it.

sheryl said...

This recipe looks really good! It would be great if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and shared some of your recipes.
I hope to see you there!

Amy Bowman said...

You are featured at Anti-Procrastination Tuesday! Thank you so much for linking up!!