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    Sweet and Crunchy Quinoa Salad

    Sweet and Crunchy Quinoa Salad

    I just finished two and a half weeks of some serious family and friend time. My parents were visiting for the first week of August and then a good friend came all the way from Italy to stay with me for two weeks! It was a wonderful time and full of laughter. Now I’m catching up with work and getting back into experimenting in the kitchen.

    I’m in love with healthy food that actually tastes good enough to serve to company. That’s always my goal when I cook. This recipe in particular is one that all my friends love. It’s sweet and salty and crunchy – a perfect combination.

    Quinoa is a nutrient-dense grain that is lower on the glycemic index than most popular grains. I like the nutty flavor it provides as well. I added lots of antioxidant-rich flavors, like tart cherries, spring onions and fresh orange juice. The parsley adds detoxification support and some extra green nutrients!

    Try it out and see what you think. It makes a great lunch, and it stores well. You can make it on a Sunday and put it into containers for the week ahead.

    Sweet and Crunchy Quinoa Salad

    Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
    serves 6

    Salad Ingredients:
    1 cup quinoa
    2 cups water or both
    1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
    1 cup green onions (about 1/2 bunch), thinly sliced
    1/2 cup dried cherries*, chopped
    1/2 cup parsley, chopped
    * May substitute chopped apricots, cranberries or raisins

    Dressing Ingredients:
    1/4 cup fresh orange juice
    1 tbsp olive oil
    1/2-3/4 cup light coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk
    2 tsp honey
    1/4 tsp sea salt, optional
    freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    1. Place quinoa and broth in large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat; simmer 15–20 min. or until liquid 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 dressing ingredients in small bowl until well blended.
    4. While quinoa is still warm, stir in green onions, cherries, parsley and almonds, then toss with dressing and serve.

    Enjoy the fresh flavor! And let me know what you think in the comments below. Do you eat quinoa? Are you going to try this dish?

    Keep taking back your health,
    Robin

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