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Grains & Fruit Summer Salad

Yield: 8 side-dish or 4 main-dish
Start to Finish 30 mins
Grains & Fruit Summer Salad
Ingredients
  • 1  cup  lightly packed fresh basil
  • 1/4  cup  lemon juice
  • 1/4  cup  olive oil
  • 4  cloves garlic, minced
  • 2  cups  cooked grain (quinoa*, wild rice and/or brown rice)
  • 1/2  cup  sliced green onions
  • 4  cups  mixed spring greens (torn Bibb lettuce and/or spring mix)
  • 2  cups  blueberries (9-10 oz.)
  • 1  cup  cantaloupe cubes
  • 1  cup  yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1  small zucchini, cut lengthwise in narrow ribbons
  • 1/2  cup  walnut pieces, toasted
  • 4  ounces  smoked salmon, flaked (optional)
  • 1/3  cup  snipped or shredded fresh herbs (dill, basil, and/or mint)
Directions

1. For basil dressing, in a blender or small food processor combine the 1 cup basil, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cover and blend or process until nearly smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl stir together cooked grains and green onions. Stir in about 2 tablespoons of the basil dressing to coat.

3. For the salad, line a large bowl with greens. Top greens with grains mixture, blueberries, cantaloupe, tomatoes, zucchini, walnuts, and (if desired) salmon. Drizzle with half the remaining basil dressing; toss gently. Sprinkle with fresh herbs. Pass remaining dressing. Makes 8 side-dish or 4 main-dish servings.

Cooked quinoa
Ingredients
  • 1/2  cup  quinoa
  • 1 1/3  cups  water
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
Directions

1. *For 2 cups cooked quinoa, in a fine strainer rinse quinoa under cold running water; drain. In a small saucepan combine water, the quinoa, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Let stand to cool slightly. Drain off remaining liquid. Fluff with a fork.

Nutrition Facts (Grains & Fruit Summer Salad)
  • cal. (kcal) 207,
  • Fat, total (g) 13,
  • sat. fat (g) 1,
  • carb. (g) 21,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 6,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 4,
  • fiber (g) 4,
  • sugar (g) 6,
  • pro. (g) 5,
  • vit. A (IU) 1312,
  • vit. C (mg) 23,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 73,
  • sodium (mg) 91,
  • Potassium (mg) 394,
  • calcium (mg) 50,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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