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Quinoa, Apple, and Cheddar Salad with Mixed Greens

 
Quinoa, Apple, and Cheddar Salad with Mixed Greens
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A light, delicious and refreshing salad. Serve it as a simply tasty side dish or a meatless main course.

Yield

4

servings

Prep

15

min

Cook

15

min

Ready

30

min

Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, High Fiber, Low Sodium
 

Ingredients

1 ½ cups quinoa
1 large red onion
quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
8 cups mixed salad greens
prepared
*
4 ounces cheddar cheese
aged, 1cup and shredded or finely diced
4 each radishes
halved and thinly sliced
1 large apples
cripsy, such as fuji, cut into 1/2-inch dice
*
½ cup walnuts
coarsely chopped
1 each sweet red bell peppers
diced
¾ cup cranberries, dried
*
Dressing:
3 tablespoons olive oil, extra-virgin
1 ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
or to taste
1 x salt and black pepper
to taste
*

Directions

In a bowl, rinse the quinoa with water, rubbing it between your fingers for about 10 seconds.

Drain and transfer it to a 3-quart pot.

Add 2½ cups water and ¼ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, covered, until the quinoa is tender but still delicately crunchy, 10 to 15 minutes.

Cover and let the quinoa rest for 5 minutes, then fluff it with a fork. Let cool slightly.

While the quinoa is cooking, in a large bowl, combine the cheese, radishes, apple, walnuts, sweet bell pepper, and cranberries.

Once the quinoa is ready, stir in the quinoa until well mixed.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and black pepper to taste until well blended.

Pour most of the dressing over the quinoa mixture, and gently toss to evenly coat. Leave about 2 tablespoons for the greens.

Season to taste with salt and black pepper if needed.

Gently toss the mixed greens with remaining dressing until well coated.

Divide the mixed greens among the serving plates, place equal amount of seasoned quinoa mixture on top of the greens.

Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.

Note: The salad can be made in advance, cover with plastic wrap, or put in a air-tight container, keep in the refrigerator.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

Reviews

over 4 years

Quinoa has been one of my most loved foods, it's packed with nutrients and so versatile to cook. I can whip up a recipe within about 20 minutes with the ingredients I have on hand, such as this delcious salad.

Very easy, and reasonably quick to prepare. Lots of yummy flavors and great textures, the combination was absolutely divine. We had it for dinner, filling, light and tasty!

Feel free to use other greens, or add more other fresh veggies, or substitute your favorite dried fruits and nuts to cranberries and walnuts, it will still taste great!

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 242g (8.5 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 51748% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars g
Protein 34g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 151%
Calcium 17% Iron 39%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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