Warm Herbed Quinoa Pilaf with sautéed Apple

6 Feb

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This is my first attempt at posting from my iPad. Those who know me well know that I find unfamiliar technology tedious at best, but for the sake of this blog, I’m trying to embrace all that is this magical potential at my fingertips.

Here is a quick recipe that I whipped up late one night. I decided on the apples at the last minute. Adding a bit of soft sweetness to a crunchy warm salad was a good call.

Warm Herbed Quinoa Pilaf with sautéed Apple

For the salad:
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 large apple
1 handful fresh basil
1 small bunch fresh cilantro
1 small red onion
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3 cloves fresh garlic

For the dressing ( note that this makes more dressing than needed for the salad)
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Juice of one lemon
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 table spoon Dijon mustard
1/2 tablespoon cumin (reserve other half for cooking)
1 tablespoon raw honey
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Sauté onion over high heat until almost browned, about 10 minutes. Turn heat down to medium and add garlic and chopped apple, along with 1/2 of the cumin (1/2 a tablespoon). Cook until apple is soft. Add salt. Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, mix dressing. I used a mason jar for easy shaking and storing!
3. Finely chop fresh herbs and add to cooked quinoa. Assemble salad and dress according to preference. Finish with final squeeze of fresh lemon and garnish with basil leaves. Serve warm (or cold. The leftovers were good too)

Ps. That wasn’t so hard!

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6 Responses to “Warm Herbed Quinoa Pilaf with sautéed Apple”

  1. breezyk February 6, 2013 at 6:19 am #

    I actually just bought quinoa at the grocery store the other day and had no idea what to do with it, so I think I’m gonna make this! Thanks!

  2. food,mostly February 6, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Quinoa is awesome, mostly because it is so quick to make and keeps you full for a long time. And it’s healthy, bonus!

    Let me know how it turns out!

    • Evan February 6, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      Did you take these pictures? Pretty!

      • food,mostly February 6, 2013 at 11:29 am #

        Yep! Thanks!

        Got a new camera for my birthday.Loving it!

  3. Sheila February 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    The pictures are lovely 🙂 and the quinoa looks delicious!

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