Monday, June 14, 2010

Quinoa Salad with Apples & Almonds



I have been very impressed with quinoa.  I love how filling it is.  Just a small amount really does the trick and fills you right up.  I can't say that about many things.

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 doesn't need anything.  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

Dressing:
2 tbsp. honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
Salt

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.

35 comments:

  1. I've only cooked with quinoa once and loved it! I can't wait to try your recipe. :-)

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  2. I don't even know what Quinoa is ... off to google

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  3. Debbie, thanks for adding this to Two for Tuesday! Quinoa has been my favorite grain lately and this salad sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it!

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  4. YUM! I bought some quinoa and have yet had the courage to make it yet. After the couscous episode I am still catching grief. I think this might just make me have to try it out!! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Sounds really good. I've never cooked with quinoa either but your recipe makes me want to try it!

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  6. Oh! I love everything in here...especially those big, fat whole almonds! I bet the flavors are wonderful =) Thanks so much for linking up with Two for Tuesdays!

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  7. I haven't tried quinoa yet..salad sounds simple n yumm..

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  8. I've just printed out this recipe. Sounds like it will make a good one-bowl lunch for my husband and me.
    Thanks!!
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  9. Such a delightful and healthy salad! I like the combination of apples and almonds, yum!

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  10. I love quinoa! I actually haven't been eating enough of it lately, which is a shame.

    This looks oh-so-wonderful. :)

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  11. This sounds delicious! I really hope that the next base will have quinoa because you are making some interesting things with it. I would have been clueless as to what to do with it.

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  12. I have some organic quinoa in my freezer and this recipe looks amazing. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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  13. Thank you for the comment you left on my blog. This led me to yours!! I'm always looking for healthy recipes that don't sacrifice taste. I can't wait to get caught up on your posts to see what I've missed!

    Thanks again!

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  14. I've tried cold quinoa salads before and wasn't a huge fan - I may need to give yours a try though - love the flavor combo!!

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  15. Great salad. I really like the apple and raisin combination. Quinoa is a magical grain!

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  16. I love quinoa but don't have a lot of recipes for it. I've saved your recipe to try later in the week. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  17. i just can't seem to get into quinoa....it seems so fluffy and does not seem to fill me up at all......but this looks good!

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  18. I'm still warming up to quinoa, but THIS looks phenomenal! I will be trying it!

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  19. Quinoa goes well with many vegetables and fruits. This is a particularly appealing sounding one. This is one for me to make.

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  20. I know that I am posting twice but I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger award. The information is on my page.

    http://holycannolirecipes.blogspot.com/2010/06/beautiful-blogger-award.html

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  21. This looks so good! Definitely going to make this very soon! Thanks for the recipe!

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  22. I am SO glad you love quinoa! It's one of my favorite grains. This salad looks delicious! Perfect for lunch on-the-go.

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  23. Oh, quinoa how I love you! I can't seem to get enough of this grain lately. Thanks for giving me yet another way to make it! :) I'm so glad that you added this link to Two for Tuesdays! Hope you join us again next week :)

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  24. I have a bag of quinoa sitting in my pantry. I have never made it but think I might try your recipe soon. Thanks
    mickey

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  25. I'm an ardent quinoa fan myself. It can be addictive:) Come join me for What's On the Menu Wednesday. I would love to see you there.

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  26. Debbie! What a wonderful way to get quinoa into the meal plan! Thanks so much for participating in the Two for Tuesday Recipe Blog Hop.

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  27. I made some quinoa a couple weeks ago for the first time and my husband and son did not like it at all. Hubby actually called it "bird food"! I thought it was really good.

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  28. I love this with the apples, raisins and almonds! It reminds me of Fall for some reason - or something you could make for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sending it to the Showdown!

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  29. I have never tried quinoa, although it's been on my radar this past year and I've been meaning to purchase some. I have several quinoa salad recipes saved that I want to try! Now I have another to add to my list--looks so yummy!

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  30. I want to try quinoa! Thanks for this recipe! Thanks for bringing your dish over to Tuesday Tastes! The People's Choice Polls are open so come by and cast your vote when you get a chance!

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

    http://crazyjayzplace.blogspot.com/2010/06/tuesday-tastes-12.html

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  31. Hi Debbie, I just wanted to let you know that I linked this to my favorite recipes from last week post :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

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  32. Great salad, Debbie. I love this combination of ingredients. Quinoa is such a versatile ingredient - I've been using loads of it lately - so I'm definitely trying this for a lovely light & healthy meal.
    Thanks so much for sharing with Make it ... with Mondays, challenge almonds.
    Sue :-)

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  33. This was delicious, I used regular raisins and walnuts, also delicious :) Thanks for the recipe

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