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Quinoa Almond Salad

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Quinoa Almond Salad
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 6
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Enjoy this nutty quinoa almond salad recipe that is ready in less than an hour. It is the perfect side dish.
Nov 8, 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250 mL) uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups (500 mL) water
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) coarsely shredded carrot (about 1 small)
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) dried cherries or cranberries

  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) canola or soybean oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • Dash of pepper

Steps

  • 1
    Heat quinoa, water and salt to boiling in 2-quart saucepan, stirring once or twice; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes or until tender.
  • 2
    Remove saucepan from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Fluff quinoa with fork; cool 15 minutes.
  • 3
    In small bowl, beat all vinaigrette ingredients with whisk.
  • 4
    Mix vinaigrette, quinoa and remaining salad ingredients in large bowl. Serve warm, or cover and refrigerate about 4 hours or until chilled.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    How-To: To toast nuts, bake uncovered in ungreased shallow pan in 350°F degree oven about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Or cook in ungreased heavy skillet over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown.
  • Tip 2
    Health Note: Adding toasted nuts to grains, such as quinoa, really brings out the flavour. Quinoa is higher in unsaturated (good) fats and lower in carbohydrates than most grains and is considered a complete protein, so there are many reasons to include it in a heart-healthy diet.

Nutrition Information

200 Calories, 9g Total Fat, 5g Protein, 26g Total Carbs, 6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 6 Servings
Calories
200
Total Fat
9g
Saturated Fat
1/2g
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
Sodium
400mg
Total Carbs
26g
Dietary Fiber
3g
Sugars
6g
Protein
5g
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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