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.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Honey Vinaigrette (Makes 1 cup)
Quinoa Salad


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Fluff quinoa with a fork. In a large bowl toss quinoa with cashews, apricots, cherries, and onion. Add lettuce, then drizzle with ½ 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.

Couscous Variation

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.

Israeli Couscous Variation

In place of the quinoa, cook 2/3 cup Israeli (large pearl) couscous according to package directions.

Nutrition Facts

372 calories; total fat 17g; saturated fat 3g; polyunsaturated fat 3g; monounsaturated fat 10g; cholesterolmg; sodium 230mg; potassium 696mg; carbohydrates 52g; fiber 5g; sugar 24g; protein 9g; trans fatty acidg; vitamin a 2381IU; vitamin c 6mg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; niacin equivalents 1mg; vitamin b6mg; folate 109mcg; vitamin b12mcg; calcium 61mg; iron 4mg.

Reviews (3)

44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
This dressing is outstanding! The quinoa mixture can be made with a variety of veggies. My go-to has become chopped onions, carrots,celery & mushrooms & I add slivered sun dried tomatoes or dried cranberries, depending on what else I'm serving. I garnish with slivered or sliced nuts that fit my mood & the meal. Oh so yummy served warm or cold and it always, always makes a huge hit.
Rating: Unrated
This salad is delicious! Only change I suggest is a little less honey since I'm learning to like things a bit less sweet.
Rating: Unrated
This is SUCH a delicious salad that's easy and nutritious.