Honey-Soaked Quinoa Salad with Cherries & Cashews
Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and hold it under cool running water for a few seconds to remove any saponin, the natural coating on the grain, which may taste bitter.
- Makes: 4 servings
- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Stand: 10 mins
- For Honey Vinaigrette, in a small bowl whisk together ginger, honey, vinegar, lime juice, and garlic. Drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly, until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- For Quinoa Salad, in a medium saucepan combine water, quinoa, and salt. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes.
- Fluff quinoa with a fork. In a large bowl toss quinoa with cashews, apricots, cherries, and onion. Add lettuce, then drizzle with 1/2 cup of the Honey Vinaigrette. If necessary, season to taste with salt and pepper; toss again. Pass remaining vinaigrette. Refrigerate any remaining vinaigrette up to 5 days.
Substitute 1-1/4 cups water and 3/4 cup couscous for the quinoa. In a small saucepan bring the water and salt to boiling. Add couscous; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with fork. Add to salad with fruit.
In place of the quinoa, cook 2/3 cup Israeli (large pearl) couscous according to package directions.
- Per serving:
- 372 kcal cal.,
- 17 g fat
- (3 g sat. fat,
- 3 g polyunsaturated fat,
- 10 g monounsatured fat),
- 0 mg chol.,
- 230 mg sodium,
- 52 g carb.,
- 5 g fiber,
- 24 g sugar,
- 9 g pro.
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet