With protein-rich quinoa, dried fruit, and almonds, this salad is a good snack before or after exercise and a nice side dish with grilled pork. Or increase the serving size to 3/4 cup and add feta cheese or shredded rotisserie chicken to make it a main dish.
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/3 cups uncooked quinoa
2 3/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
How to Make It
To prepare dressing, combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until well blended.
To prepare salad, place quinoa in a large nonstick skillet; cook 4 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently. Place quinoa in a fine sieve; place sieve in a large bowl. Cover quinoa with water. Using your hands, rub grains together for 30 seconds; rinse and drain. Repeat procedure twice. Drain well.
Combine quinoa, 2 3/4 cups water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature. Stir in dressing, onions, and the remaining ingredients. Cover and chill.
Literally ALL of my best salad recipes are from Cooking Light so I was so excited to find a 5-STAR recipe! This may be a very healthy salad but it is very weird. The toasted quinoa is overpowering and the other flavors aren't enough to dress it up. I won't be keeping this recipe.
Great recipe for a side or a main dish. I just served at a dinner party as a side with CL's spice-rubbed roasted salmon with lemon-garlic spinach. There is just enough leftover quinoa salad to add some feta cheese and flaked salmon for a delicious, nutritious and ready-made lunch. (Hint: add a squeeze of lemon juice to a bit of milk and let sit. It will sour and clot in a few minutes, turning into "buttermilk" with a whip of a fork.)
Made a few modifications, but loved this recipe. Didn't have buttermilk so just added more juice and oil. Also added orange rind for stronger orange flavor. Omitted the parsley. Goes great with smoked turkey or chicken.
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