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Quinoa and Almond Salad

Blossom Lady
May 27, 2021 06:37 AM
Quinoa and Almond Salad

Prepare nutritious Quinoa and Almond Salad by tossing together spinach and quinoa, and topping it with toasted almonds and sunflower seeds, tart sliced apples, a creamy sliced avocado, and sweet dried cranberries. This salad is dressed with a vibrant raspberry vinaigrette made with fresh raspberries! This salad has all the right blends of contrasting textures and flavors — crunchy and creamy, sweet and tart. Crisp and tart apples with creamy avocados, sweet chewy cranberries, and tender salty sunflower seeds.

It’s also a surprisingly filling salad — the avocados contribute a lot of healthy (and filling) fats while the quinoa contributes substantial protein and fiber which helps you stay fuller for longer.

Naturally, using a store-bought dressing will cut down on preparation time and make this quinoa and almond salad even quicker to make. But, if you have a couple of extra minutes or prefer homemade dressings, the raspberry vinaigrette recipe listed on the recipe below comes together very quickly. Just throw all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and let it whiz. Stir in the poppy seeds, and the dressing is ready to go.

The raspberry vinaigrette is sweet with a little bit of tanginess from the raspberry vinegar and Dijon mustard. It’s one of my go-to dressings and everyone always asks for the recipe. (It’s also featured on this very popular pear salad!) The dressing uses fresh raspberries which adds a natural sweetness and thickness to the dressing, so you don’t have to add too much sugar or mayo to it. I do recommend using very fresh and ripe raspberries — if they aren’t ripe or sweet, the dressing will likely need a bit extra sugar to compensate for the lack of flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (80g) quinoa (tri-colored or plain)
  • 1 cup (220g) chicken broth (vegetable broth or water will also work)
  • 1/3 cup (30g) sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons (20g) shelled sunflower seeds
  • 4 cups (100g) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup (45g) dried cranberries
  • 1 Granny Smith or Fuji apple
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Optional: fresh, ripe avocado

Optional: handful of feta cheese (add to personal preference)

Dressing

  • Store-bought Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette or Recipe below:
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup (70g) fresh, ripe raspberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (95g) olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
Prep Time:
25 minutes
Cook Time:
0 minutes
Total Time:
25 minutes
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