Sweet and Crunchy Quinoa Salad

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Author Notes: This quinoa is quin-WOW! If you haven’t tried this nutty, full-flavored complete protein, get ready to love it. This salad, simply dressed with buttermilk, olive oil and orange juice, combines the sweetness of dried fruits with green onions and crunchy cholesterol lowering almonds. Makes a meatless main or substantial side dish.Susan E. Levy

Serves 6

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • ? cups sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions (about one bunch)
  • ½ cups dried cherries*, chopped / * May substitute chopped apricots, cranberries or raisins
  • ½ cups chopped parsley

For the dressing

  • ¼ cups orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoons salt, optional
  • ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  1. Place quinoa and broth in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat; simmer 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, place almonds in a small pan over medium heat and toss until lightly browned and fragrant.
  3. Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until well blended.
  4. While the quinoa is still warm, stir in the green onions, cherries, parsley, and almonds, then toss with the dressing and serve.
  5. Per serving: 262 calories, 8g protein, 39g carbohydrate, 9g fat, 1g sat fat, 5g mono fat, 0mg cholesterol, 3g fiber, 44mg sodium (with optional salt: 141mg sodium)
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5 months ago lisako

I made a slightly different version of the original recipe today, and it was delicious! Fresh cherries were a great substitute for dried, though I'm sure the sweetness was changed. I added raw kale and a stalk of thinly sliced celery, and really enjoyed it! Thank you for the recipe.