Friday, April 1, 2011
FFwD: Quinoa Fruit and Nut Salad
This week's choice for French Fridays with Dorie was a quinoa salad with dried fruits and nuts and a delicate lemon-ginger dressing.
I've been wanting to make something with quinoa for quite some time now. I have a bunch of recipes marked and this was just the swift kick I needed.
With all the flavors and protein, I thought it would be a good lunch dish, especially since it can be made ahead of time and the fruit and nuts can be varied. This time I chose almonds and walnuts, dried apricots, cranberries, and golden raisins. The fruits had such great flavor. I suspect it would also taste great with fresh fruit.
I served it on a bed of baby mixed greens with a dollop of Greek yogurt on top. Actually, for seconds, I skipped the greens and added more yogurt. Yum.
This is a delicious salad, good for potlucks, too, since it can be made the day before and is packed with flavor and texture.