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Almond Apple Quinoa Salad

This tasty salad reminds us of apple pie, so, yum!

Ingredients

16

Count

Ready In

PT15M PT20M

35

Mins

Difficulty

Easy


Step 1

Rinse your quinoa. In a small pot combine the quinoa and vegetable broth or water. Follow package directions to cook the quinoa.

Step 1 -- Rinse your quinoa. In a small pot combine the quinoa and vegetable broth or water. Follow package directions to cook the quinoa.

Step 2

Meanwhile, add the sliced almonds and sunflower seeds in a single layer to a completely dry skillet (don’t add any oil) and place on medium-high heat (don’t want it too hot or they will burn). Stir the nuts and seeds every 15 seconds for about 1-2 minutes or until the color slightly darkens and they start to smell good. Watch these carefully as they can go from perfectly toasted to burned quickly!

Step 2 -- Meanwhile, add the sliced almonds and sunflower seeds in a single layer to a completely dry skillet (don’t add any oil) and place on medium-high heat (don’t want it too hot or they will burn). Stir the nuts and seeds every 15 seconds for about 1-2 minutes or until the color slightly darkens and they start to smell good. Watch these carefully as they can go from perfectly toasted to burned quickly!

Step 3

Chop up the apple and toss it with the lemon juice.

Step 3 -- Chop up the apple and toss it with the lemon juice.

Step 4

Remove the quinoa and allow to completely cool.

Step 4 -- Remove the quinoa and allow to completely cool.

Step 5

Mix together the spinach, dried cranberries, chopped apple, and completely cooled quinoa.

Step 5 -- Mix together the spinach, dried cranberries, chopped apple, and completely cooled quinoa.

Step 6

Toss with the dressing and top with the toasted almonds and sunflower seeds.

Step 6 -- Toss with the dressing and top with the toasted almonds and sunflower seeds.

Step 7

To make the dressing: Combine all of the ingredients in an immersion blender or small food processor. Start with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and add more if needed.

Step 7 -- To make the dressing: Combine all of the ingredients in an immersion blender or small food processor. Start with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and add more if needed.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup quinoa
  • 1 Cup vegetable broth, or water will work
  • 1/3 Cup sliced almonds
  • 2 TBSPS sunflower seeds
  • 3 Cups fresh spinach
  • 1/3 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Granny Smith apple or favorite variety of apple
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • DRESSING INGREDIENTS
  • 2 TBSPS olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup raspberry wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 TBSPS seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 tsps dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper optional

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