Quinoa Salad with Cranberries and Pistachio Nuts Source

Quinoa Salad with Cranberries and Pistachio Nuts Source

For the Love of Salad, by: Jeanelle Mitchell

This is a great recipe from one of my favourite cookbooks. The entire cookbook is made up of gourmet salads from greens to grains. Perfect for a dinner appetizer, a brunch option or to take to work for lunch!

Ingredients:
2 cups water
1 cup quinoa
¼ tsp sea salt

2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp liquid honey
¼ tsp hot pepper sauce
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

2 green onions, finely chopped
½ cup coarsely chopped dried cranberries
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint or flat-leaf parsley
½ cup chopped toasted pistachio nuts

Directions:
1. Quinoa: Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add quinoa and salt; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until tender but still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a medium bowl. Let cool to room temperature.
2. Dressing: Whisk together orange juice and zest, lemon juice, honey, and hot pepper sauce in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
3. Add green onions, cranberries, mint, and dressing to quinoa and toss to combine. Add pistachio nuts just before serving.

Tip: Can make up to 2 days ahead, just cover and refrigerate!

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About Jav Girl

1) Background: - Originally from Guelph, ONT, - Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University, - Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion (WWHP) Post-Graduate Certificate from Centennial College - Completed my WWHP placement at UHN - Hired at UHN August 2008 2) Passions: - I love to run! Nothing beats a runner's high! =) 3) Achievements: - Competed at the National Track & Field Champions for Javelin [I named my javelin 'Orville' after the Wright brothers who invited the airplane - as I wanted my javelin to 'fly'] 4) "I love what I do because . . . it allows me to help others incorporate aspects of a healthy lifestyle into their lives. I've always wanted to help people get active and live better lives; I just never knew it could be my day job.' 5) Book Recommendation: 'Mindless Eating' by Brian Wansink and 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin

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