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Fruity Quinoa


4 servings


1 cup quinoa, rinsed

¼ cup orange juice, fresh if possible

1 large crisp organic apple diced

1 cup red grapes, cut in half

1/3 cup dried cranberries, organic & fruit sweetened if possible

½ cup raw almonds; coarsely chopped

3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar

3 tablespoons extra-virgin, cold pressed olive oil

¼ teaspoon salt & ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper


•   Bring 2 cups water to a boil, add quinoa & a pinch salt, lower heat, cover & simmer 15-20 minutes, remove from heat for 15 minutes, fluff with fork & cool

  Combine orange juice & cranberries in a small bowl, let stand 15 minutes

  Combine quinoa, apple & almonds in a large bowl; stir gently

  Drain cranberries, reserving the juice & stir cranberries into the quinoa mixture

  Whisk the reserved oj, vinegar & oil in a small bowl until combined add salt & pepper

  Pour dressing over the salad, alittle at a time, and stir gently to coat.

  Serve cold or at room temperature. 


•  Substitute almonds with pecans. pistachios or walnuts

  Switch raspberry vinegar for apple cider vinegar, white wine or champagne vinegar


Nancy Ferraris, Holistic Chef