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Crunchy Quinoa with Almonds & Apricots

crunchy quinoa with almonds and apricots

Makes 6 Side Dish Servings

Great as a side dish and then for lunch the next day. Sweet and savory all in one!

1 cup quinoa (cooked with all-natural vegetable broth as suggested on package *)

½ cup diced red bell pepper (cut into ¼-inch dice)

1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds

1/3 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped (7 to 8 apricots)

2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions, optional

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ to 1 teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon ground coriander

1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Place quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse very well several times in cold water. Drain well and set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the broth to a boil. Stir in quinoa, cover, and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, for the time suggested on the package. Turn off the heat and let quinoa remain in the covered saucepan until all the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Transfer quinoa to a salad bowl and fluff slightly with a fork every few minutes until the grains cool.

  4. Gently stir in the bell pepper, almonds, apricots, scallions as desired, salt, cumin, and coriander until well combined. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil and honey. Stir into the quinoa mixture until the grains are well coated. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Information per Serving:

200 calories, 7g fat (0.5g saturated), 30g carbohydrates, 210mg sodium, 3g fiber, 6g protein, 15% vitamin A, 30% vitamin C, 15% iron

* The amount of broth needed will depend on your quinoa product. Read package directions for the suggested amount of liquid (it may range from 1 ¼ cups to the more likely 2 cups liquid per 1 cup quinoa). The cooking time may also vary depending on the brand you select. As a rule of thumb, the suggested time will range from 10 to 15 minutes with an instruction to let stand 5 to 10 minutes until the quinoa fully absorbs all the liquid. When fully cooked, the quinoa will “sprout.”

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