Quinoa, Fruit and Nut Salad

An unusual Quinoa, Fruit and Nut Salad from Dorie Greenspan hits the mark with a variety of textures, flavors and colors.

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Quinoa is an ancient pseudo-grain with so many nutritional benefits…it’s actually a complete protein on its own, with a high magnesium content which is supposed to help combat stress. So load up on this salad! This recipe begins by cooking quinoa with a technique similar to cooking rice, then adding a variety of dried fruits, nuts, and herbs, and, finally, tossing it with a lemony vinaigrette with a touch of ginger.  I served it straight up, but you can also put it over a bed of fresh greens with a dollop of yogurt.  Quinoa, Fruit and Nut Salad

Quinoa, Fruit and Nut Salad

My salad Quinoa, Fruit and Nut Salad featured dried cranberries, apricots and tart cherries along with pepitas, sunflower seeds and cashews.  I had some quinoa in my pantry but couldn’t resist buying the red quinoa when I was at the market this week…so I used both.  There are so many ways to tweak this recipe: different herbs, a flavored vinegar instead of the lemon juice, and any of the myriad dried fruits and nuts available.

Quinoa, Fruit and Nut Salad

The Verdict

As is typical, my very suspicious family didn’t want to try new grains…especially those with funky additives like dried fruits and nuts.  Sheesh.  But it just makes more for the cook…lucky me.  This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table…a cookbook no home should be without. Find the recipe in Around My French Table and on this site.

 

Comments

  1. Your dish looks perfect! So that’s what it looks like when you use dried fruit! y

  2. Pegasuslegend says:

    You got me on this one. I made Quinoa only once, no one really cared much for it. I have almost half a bag left and its not inexpensive here or easy to find. I love the sweetness you presented here. I had a savory dish.. going to try this out over the weekend since we are all on a diet now with the summer coming.. I think this one will wow them all! thanks for the recipe.

  3. Pretty! Oh, how I regret snacking on my dried apricots before making this salad.

  4. I love this salad, Lizzy! And I’m a newcomer to quinoa. Right now I have barley, bulgur and farro in the pantry. I think I’m covered! A beautiful salad!

  5. So pretty and healthy looking! I love this idea and have become such a fan of quinoa lately! This is definitely a must try! I am so glad I found your site!

  6. I love the Inca Red – it always puts such a nice pop of color into a dish. The apricots are a great idea – they just never sit around in my house long enough to get used for anything besides eating…
    Lovely dish.

  7. The Country Cook says:

    You know, I’ve only be recently introduced to Quinoa. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it but I’m really liking it. Especially when it has other flavors added to it. Fruit and nuts with a nice vinaigrette – excellent!

  8. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite says:

    I ate most of this, I have to confess. I know Neil ate it but not sure if it’s his favourite. All the more for me, I say! Lovely photos!

  9. Anne Marie says:

    Thanks for the nutritional info on quinoa! I had no idea it was good for you, I thought it just looked pretty. Nice job on this week’s recipe!

  10. It looks so pretty with both colors of quinoa. I am so glad that we finally tasted this wonderful grain!

  11. Betty Ray says:

    Your family sounds like mine. I will have to try this. It looks beautiful and I love the cashew and apricot additions.

  12. A little salty, a little sweet~ I could eat the whole bowl!

  13. Your family so missed out! I have a pretty good Quinoa cookbook called Quinoa 365. There are some killer quinoa cookies in there that will totally sway your fam! For certain!

  14. chefpandita.com says:

    Love the colors on your plate! I used white, red and black and called it “tricolor quinoa fruit and nut salad” 🙂

  15. Your salad looks great, especially with all of the colors from the fruit, and different types of quinoa. Lovely presentation.

  16. tricia s. says:

    We had to dabble in the red this week too 🙂 Nana and I really enjoyed trying this since it was a completely new ingredient for us. Thanks for sharing the background and info about being a protein. I had no idea it was so good for you- though I should have guessed when my kids turned their noses up at this one….like you said – more for those who appreciate it !!

  17. This quinoa looks beautiful and so healthy too. Great job!

  18. Your photos are beautiful! I ate this salad alone last night too! But I agree more for me! I really enjoyed it.

  19. Pacheco Patty says:

    The photos are beautiful and I love the colors. I thought about using dried apricots but used figs instead because I had them in my pantry. I like the two colors of quinoa and the cashews, I like that you had fun with this salad and enjoyed it;-)

  20. I love the way the red quinoa looks with the white. Beautiful contrast. And those cashews look delicious. I also ate this straight up and it was a keeper!

  21. Firefly@fireflyblog.org says:

    I love using quinoa, it’s yummy! Your recipe is wonderful and pictures are so delicious, can’t wait to make this 🙂

  22. Such a healthy, and nutritious salad. Love the color, and the mixture of the dried fruits and nuts. I would make this for sure…will have to check it out in Dorie’s book!
    xoxo

  23. Diethood.com says:

    I got my dad to enjoy it with me… we loved it! I actually liked the different textures that the nuts and fruits added to the quinoa. And the vinaigrette was really gooood! So glad I joined FFwD! 🙂

  24. I’ve only tried quinoa once and it didn’t go over well, but I’ve been meaning to try it again. I should make Dorie’s salad, it looks so bright and fresh!

  25. Love quinoa and your look fantastic, gloria

  26. Beautiful pictures and presentation! I like how your dish looks with the red quinoa. I used apricots and dried cherries too and loved the sweetness it added. Great post!

  27. Magic of Spice says:

    I love quinoa…very lovely salad 🙂

  28. Torviewtoronto says:

    I like the addition of dried fruit in this quinoa delicious and colourful

  29. Angie's Recipes says:

    Love quinoa! The addition of dried fruit and nuts to this salad makes it a perfection.

  30. vanillabeanbaker says:

    I still haven’t tried quinoa, your salad is making me get pretty curious about it though. Great photos.

  31. Great combination of fruit and nuts – using the two kinds of quinoa really makes it attractive, too.

  32. Ms. Hobby says:

    I love the large dried apricots! What a great idea. I agree, this is a great one to play around with and adjust slightly to get a whole new dish.

  33. Love, love, love this quinoa dish!

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