Do you feel like being healthy today? Does quinoa scare you?
I admit, it does look a little alien if you look closely at it with the little tails and all, but don’t let it cause you stress. It’s just a seed. A small delicious seed that packs a huge nutritious punch.
Think of it as rice–you like rice. You’ll like quinoa too, you’ll see… tails and all.
Yes, I know they aren’t real tails, and maybe if you’ve never had quinoa you have no clue what I’m talking about, nevertheless eat some and you’ll like it.
It really does have the same feel as rice with a bit more texture. I love it! You can now find quinoa at most all grocery stores near the rice and other grains. And, I kid you not, my 5 yr. old loved this so much that she asked to bring it in her lunch the next day and my other crazy girl scarfed it down. Maybe you can play up the alien factor and make them believe their eating tiny extra-terrestrial…er…somethings.
This salad makes a perfect light lunch or a nice side to some grilled chicken or steak. The quinoa is filling, the apples are sweet, the dressing is slightly tangy, and the almonds give a nice crunch. Give it a whirl, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
- 6 C cooked and cooled quinoa ( 2 C uncooked)
- 2 C apples, diced ( I used Pink Lady apples)
- 4 C fresh spinach, roughly chopped
- 1/4 C chopped green onion
- 1/2 C sliced or chopped almonds, toasted
- 1/2 C apple juice
- 1/2 C canola oil
- 3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- Combine cooked quinoa, spinach, apples, onion, and almonds in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl combine apple juice, vinegar, honey, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Slowly stream the oil into the juice mixture while whisking and mix until well combined.
- Pour over salad and toss to coat.
by Heather Cheney
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