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Quinoa Fruit Nut Salad

Quinoa Fruit Nut Salad

Quinoa, Fruit & Nut Salad is tasty, nutritious and diabetic-friendly. Simple recipe. Lots of protein.

Ingredients

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Salad Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • Salt and pepper (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups dried mixed fruit (such as cranberries, blueberries, apricots)
  • 1 cup mixed seeds and nuts (such as sunflower seeds, pine nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (or cilantro, mint or a mix of all these)
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens or baby spinach

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil (or hazelnut or another tablespoon of olive oil)

Garnish/Topping Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (for serving)

Instructions

Instructions: Make the Quinoa

  1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water and drain it in a sieve.
  2. Bring 4 cups of salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  3. Stir in the quinoa.
  4. Reduce the heat and cook gently for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the grains have expanded.
  5. When they are cooked, each grain will have a ring around it.
  6. Turn off the heat, cover the pan and let sit for 5 minutes.
  7. If any water remains in the bottom of the pan, drain the quinoa.
  8. Let cool to room temperature.

Instructions: Prepare & Add the Fruit, Nuts & Seeds

  1. Cut the fruit into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Chop the nuts and then toast them until lightly browned.
  3. Mix the fruit, nuts and herbs with the quinoa.

Instructions: Prepare the Dressing

  1. In a separate bowl to make the dressing, whisk the oils and ginger until well blended.

Combine & Serve

  1. Mix the dressing into the quinoa mixture.
  2. Serve at room temperature or cold over greens with a dollop of yogurt to garnish.

Nutrition

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