Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Recipe Summary

30 mins
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50 mins


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  • For honey vinaigrette, in a small bowl whisk together honey, ginger, vinegar, lime juice, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Drizzle in oil, whisking constantly, until well mixed. Set aside.

  • In a medium saucepan combine the water, quinoa, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; let stand for 10 minutes.

  • Fluff quinoa with a fork. In a large bowl combine quinoa, cherries, cashews, apricots, and onion; toss to mix. Add lettuce; drizzle with 1/2 cup of the honey vinaigrette. Toss again. Pass the remaining honey vinaigrette. (Store any remaining vinaigrette in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.)


Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and hold under running water to remove any saponin, the natural coating on the grain, which may taste bitter.

Couscous Variation

Prepare as directed, except use 1 1/4 cups water and substitute 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 the fruit.

Israeli Couscous Variation

Prepare as directed, except substitute 2/3 cup Israeli (large pearl) couscous for the quinoa. Cook the Israeli couscous according to package directions. Add to salad with the fruit.

Nutrition Facts

372 calories; fat 17g; saturated fat 3g; carbohydrates 52g; mono fat 10g; poly fat 3g; insoluble fiber 5g; sugars 24g; protein 9g; vitamin a 2380.9IU; vitamin c 6.5mg; thiamin 0.2mg; riboflavin 0.2mg; niacin equivalents 1.4mg; vitamin b6 0.3mg; folate 108.9mcg; sodium 230mg; potassium 696mg; calcium 60.6mg; iron 3.8mg.