This cold salad was fantastic! The flavors were perfect together. My recipe called for 3 tbsp. of oil and my plan was to cut that in half but it turns out I forgot it all together and I'm so glad I did because it didn't need the oil at all. If I wanted to add a couple hundred calories to this, I will add more almonds, raisins or apples. Not that it needs any more but that would be much more fulfilling than a few tbsp. of olive oil.
I will for sure be making this salad again. Soon.
Quinoa Salad with Apples and Almonds
Adapted from Family Fun Magazine May 2010
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
2 apples, unpeeled and diced (I used fuji)
1 cup finely chopped celery
1/3 cup golden raisins
2 green onions, diced (recipe called for parsley, I thought green onions would be better, they rocked)
1/2 cup whole almonds, lightly toasted (you can chop if you want but I liked them whole)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp. honey (sub vegan sweetener if vegan)
1/4 cup lemon juice
Combine the quinoa and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Cool completely.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the cooled quinoa. Add dressing, toss to coat evenly.
Total calories = 1434 calories
6 huge servings = 239 calories per serving
Lentil Sloppy Joe + Quinoa with Apples and Almonds = 522 calorie dinner
Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.