Monday, April 02, 2012

Super Healthy Dried Fruit Quinoa Salad

Continuing my way through the Hunger Games Cookbook, I went for this quinoa recipe yesterday. It made enough for dinner and to portion out into lunches for the week. I omitted the celery because I don't like celery in things like this, and I used cherry-flavored Craisins instead of dried cherries because they were on sale and that's a good enough reason. This is such a random assortment of flavors but it works really well. It was pretty good last night but it's definitely better the next day. Super-A++ on the lunch box test! I don't know if I'd make it again since I have so many good quinoa recipes, but it was good indeed.

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Super Healthy Dried Fruit Quinoa Salad
The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook, page 64

1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed well
1/2 teaspoon table salt
3 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup scallions, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1. Bring quinoa, salt, and water to boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 30 minutes. Drain quinoa and transfer it to a larger bowl. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.

2. Stir into the quinoa the scallions, celery, dried fruit, hot sauce, garlic powder, vegetable oil, lemon juice, and sesame oil. Let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour so flavors can blend.

3. Add the cilantro, almonds, and sunflower seeds and serve.

Yield: 6-8 servings

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