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Nuts about Fruity Quinoa

This high-protein quinoa salad makes a tasty side dish. It can be made with your favorite dried fruits, such as cranberries, raisins or goldenberries and your choice of nuts, such as pecans or walnuts.

Makes 4-5 servings

1 cup NOW Organic Quinoa Grain*
2 cups water
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup diced celery
1/4 cup dried cranberries, raisins, or NOW Goldenberries*
1/2 tablespoon Ellyndale Organics™ Extra-Virgin Olive Oil*
1/2 tablespoon pomegranate vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon NOW Organic Virgin Coconut Oil*, melted
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
1/2 cup chopped NOW Certified Organic Walnuts*

*NOW products available at your local health food store

  1. Bring the quinoa and water to boil in a saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, 20-25 minutes.
  3. Allow quinoa to cool for 20 minutes in a large bowl.
  4. Stir in the green onions, celery, cranberries (or raisins, goldenberries), olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, coconut oil, and salt.
  5. Allow to stand at room temperature for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend.
  6. Stir in the parsley (or clinatro) and nuts before serving.
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