Thursday, June 23, 2011

{ QUINOA ALMOND BERRY SALAD }

Ok.  This salad is one of the most delicious things I've ever had!  Mom and Elna told me about it a couple days ago.  I immediately hauled all 3 kids to the store for berries, and we had it for dinner that night.  And lunch the next day.  Then I made it again for dessert the second night.  And I had the leftovers for breakfast this morning.  I'm not kidding; it's delicious!  (I'm making it AGAIN for a Relief Society breakfast on Saturday.  That'll make 3 times in 4 days.)  You can find the original recipe here.

3/4 c. dry quinoa

3 c. sliced strawberries
2 c. fresh (or frozen) blueberries
1 c. cherries, pitted and sliced*
1/2 c. almonds, slivered or chopped

{ DRESSING }

1/4 c. pure maple syrup
2 T. fresh lime juice
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1 pinch salt

  • Prepare quinoa according to package instructions.
  • Combine fruit and almonds in a large bowl.
  • Fluff cooked quinoa with a fork and add to fruit.  Combine.
  • Pour on dressing and mix well.
  • Serve immediately or chill in fridge until serving time.  (Mike and I both liked it better chilled.  In fact, the second night I made it, I rinsed the cooked quinoa in cold water, so we wouldn't have to wait for it to chill.)
*Mom and Elna used mangoes and said it was delicious.  Any fruit, I'm sure, would be good.

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