Wednesday, October 13, 2010

QUINOA SALAD WITH APPLES & ALMONDS


~ Family Fun - May 2010

1 c. quinoa, rinsed
2 c. water
2 T. honey
1/4 c. lemon juice
1/2 t. coarse salt
3 T. olive oil
1 c. peeled, diced Granny Smith apple
1 c. finely chopped celery
1/3 c. golden raisins
1/3 c. finely chopped parsley
1/2 c. coarsely chopped 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, raisins, parsley, and almonds 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 at room temperature.

Notes: We don't peel the apples and use regular raisins instead of golden ones.